The Town of Timnath’s Mosquito Management Program
The Town of Timnath Mosquito Management Program can provide services regarding:
• Information about mosquito biology and source reduction of mosquito habitats
• Information on mosquito control and monitoring efforts within the city and West Nile Virus activity on a seasonal basis
• Information about personal protection for mosquito annoyance and West Nile Virus risk
• Arrange routine habitat inspections at residential backyards, catch basins, retention ponds on either city or private property with permission
• Perform application of mosquito control products using integrated pest management methods and target specific controls on mosquito larva at no cost to the property owner
• Discuss treatment options and management procedures with property owners
• Respond to reports and concerns of mosquitoes and possible mosquito habitats
• Stock residential ponds with fat head minnows for biological control.
In 2009, The Town of Timnath Mosquito Management Program completed its 5th year of cost effective Integrated Mosquito Management operations with Colorado Mosquito Control (CMC) as its contractor. Mosquitoes are dynamic insects which are capable of rapid populations increases dependent on habitat, water level, rainfall events, and temperature patterns. The experience and knowledge of CMC and its’ employees of the local lands and irrigation patterns, enables an overall reduction of mosquitoes. The biorational management operations and data driven response to spikes in mosquito abundance are aimed at reducing the risk and annoyances associated with mosquitoes. If left unmanaged residents residing throughout large sections of the town would be burdened by mosquitoes, thereby resulting in a decreased quality of life and reduced ability to enjoy outdoor activities. Colorado Mosquito Control has designed, implemented, pioneered, refined and pushed to new technological levels, a comprehensive mosquito control program based on the sound scientific principles of IPM and the environmental goals of the Town of Timnath. In the years since the Town of Timnath Mosquito Management Program’s inception and continuation of CMC as the program contractor, the Mosquito Management Program, under the operation and management of CMC, has developed into one of the foremost environmentally sensitive and technologically advanced Integrated Mosquito Management Programs in the United States. Additionally, CMC has fostered the cooperative efforts for mosquito control and epizootic response management between Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, the Cities of Loveland & Fort Collins, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The value of this cooperative program and its underlying data sharing and communications cannot be over-emphasized. The objective for the Town of Timnath Mosquito Management Program is to utilize trained field biologists to suppress the number of mosquitoes, in the aquatic larval habitats. This reduces the potential for mosquitoes to emerge from the water to feed on and possibly infect the residents of Fort Collins. The Town of Timnath monitors adult mosquito populations via a surveillance trapping network to enable a proactive response to suppress West Nile Virus vector mosquito populations prior to a public health emergency outbreak. Adult mosquito population data provides real time information regarding the nuisance and risk associated with mosquito populations within the Town of Timnath. This data provides scientific premise when determining the need to reduce the mosquito populations via adult mosquito control materials. This objective enables a decline in the overall mosquito populations, while reducing the threat of mosquito borne disease transmission, at the least possible cost, and with the least possible impact on the people and natural environment. CMC will continue to strive and demonstrate a commitment to Integrated Pest Management principles for a progressive approach to mosquito reduction.Please call 970-663-5697 to report any water that stands for more than 4 days, mosquito annoyance concerns, or for information regarding West Nile Virus prevention. Resident phone calls continue to locate new mosquito habitats, thereby reducing the number of mosquitoes in the backyards of the Town of Timnath residents.
The larval coverage area includes approximately 7 square miles of private and public lands, where permission is granted, within town limits of Timnath. Although many of the larval mosquito habitats are outside the town limits, all are well within the flight range of most mosquitoes. Larval control work within and around the town boundaries will continue to remain a critical part of the overall operation of CMC. Studies have indicated that adult mosquitoes can travel several miles in search of a blood meal and new habitat for offspring. CMC’s larval mosquito reduction across the control area greatly reduces transient mosquito populations.
How Is The Mosquito Management Program Funded?
Funding for the Town of Timnath Mosquito Management Program is appropriated from a general fund from local tax revenue. The money paid funds the surveillance monitoring of larval mosquitoes in the water, the application of bio-larvicide control products, the monitoring of adult mosquito populations via mosquito traps throughout the town, and data driven response & control of adult mosquitoes through ULV fogging applications.
Targeted Ultra-low Volume Adult Mosquito Control
Adult mosquitoes can come from unknown unidentified sites or may migrate in from uncontrolled areas. The Town of Timnath uses all available data from CDC light traps, Mosquito Hotline annoyance calls, and field technician reports to focus adult mosquito control efforts on specific, very limited “targeted” areas. In parts of the community were high numbers of mosquito annoyance calls are received, “floater” CDC light traps are set to evaluate adult population levels and species make-up. In most cases, a direct correlation is evident between areas with high complaint calls and high trap counts. While this correlation allows us to focus adult control in these areas, the emphasis is placed on finding the source of breeding and continued larval control measures.Over 95% of the Town of Timnath mosquito control program is targeted against larval (aquatic stage) mosquitoes utilizing biological control materials, however on occasion adult mosquito suppression becomes necessary. If deemed necessary from surveillance trapping data, Colorado Mosquito Control utilizes 3.3% Permethrin in ultra low volume (ULV) spray applications via truck mounted fogging machines. ULV sprayers dispense an extremely small amount (0.0019 pounds per acre) of fine aerosol droplets which stay aloft and kill adult mosquitoes on contact.