Protecting Public Health In Your Communities
Colorado has a long history of environmental stewardship and awareness. Residents take pride in Colorado’s beauty and enjoy the outdoor activities and lifestyle in the state. VDCI’s Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) Programs in Colorado continue these traditions of environmental responsibility by focusing on surveillance-based control strategies, public awareness, and the use of biological and “least-toxic” products. The VDCI team includes entomologists, mosquito control specialists, certified pesticide applicators, wetland scientists, and GIS specialists to meet all of your program needs.
In order to provide the best customer service possible, the below features are available to our Colorado customers. For additional questions or comments, not covered below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to help our team service your request as soon as possible.
Adult Mosquito Trap Data
Mosquito Surveillance Maps and Disease Testing Data in Your Community (select programs only)
Mosquitoes are more than just nuisance pests, they also pose a significant risk to public health by carrying and transmitting a number of debilitating and even deadly diseases. Mosquito-borne encephalitis in the U.S. is prevalent in several forms and is geographically wide-spread. In Colorado, Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) and St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) were the most common viral strains prior to the invasion of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2002. While West Nile virus is the most prevalent mosquito-borne disease in Colorado, and currently presents the greatest risk to human health, a growing concern for Colorado pet owners is dog heartworm, which can be fatal to both dogs and cats. Conducting regular adult mosquito surveillance and disease testing is a proactive approach to preventing and controlling vector-borne diseases in your community, and it is one of the foundations of VDCI’s Integrated Mosquito Management programs.
Click on your community’s link below to review mosquito activity in your area:
Adult Mosquito Control Spray Schedules
Spraying Will Occur Between Dusk and Dawn, Weather Permitting
As West Nile virus has become established across the U.S., and other mosquito-borne diseases continue to surface, there is an increasing need for proactive control of the mosquitoes that transmit these diseases to humans, birds, horses, and other animals. Our team focuses on unique and innovative ways to protect public health from mosquito-borne diseases, while preserving the environment, and minimizing program costs. Adult mosquito control spraying is only conducted when necessary and after designated thresholds are met. When the need for adult mosquito control occurs, all the products utilized by our team are EPA and Colorado state approved for public health applications.
Spray events may be cancelled or postponed, all or in part, without notice. Notice of rescheduled spray events will be posted on VDCI’s spray schedule.
CLICK HERE to view adult mosquito control applications scheduled for your county.
Spray Zone Maps
Targeted Mosquito Control Efforts in Your Community
(select programs only)
Through the use of modern technology, equipment and insecticides, effective control of adult mosquitoes is possible. Ultra-low volume (ULV) spray technology is the key to this success, whereby an extremely small amount of insecticide is applied over a very large area, thus controlling adult mosquitoes while not adversely affecting local residents, wildlife, or the environment. With accurate timing and precise application, a kill rate of over 90% of the adult mosquito population within the target area can be achieved. A truck or ATV-mounted ULV spray machine is used to produce extremely small (< 20 micron diameter) droplets of the chosen insecticide, which is dispersed within the target area. In order to maximize the effectiveness on adult mosquitoes, while minimizing exposure to non-target species, applications are timed to coincide with the non-activity period of beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, and with the peak activity period of mosquitoes, which is from dusk through the early morning hours.
Click on your community’s link below to review target spray zones:
- Boulder County
- Fort Collins
- Water Valley
Spray Notification and Shut-Off Requests
Please Utilize Form Below
The below form will alert the VDCI team that you desire a call notification prior to adult mosquito control spraying in your area. The form also provides the option to request that our team shut-off our spray machine while passing your residence. Please note that a shut-off does not guarantee that drift of insecticide material will not occur and it may decrease the effectiveness of adulticiding on mosquitoes in your immediate area. Please be aware that the call shut-off list is a service that VDCI provides to residents and may not be possible in the case of a West Nile Virus Public Health emergency, as experienced in 2003 and 2007.
Putting pesticide residues in perspective
There are a lot of misconceptions about the amount of pesticides that are used in the environment. Pesticides are usually applied at an application rate of 1 pound per acre or some fraction of a pound per acre which would mean that one teaspoon of sugar spread evenly over 5,000 5-inch cereal bowls is an application rate of 1 pound per acre. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) products are widely utilized in many mosquito abatement programs across the country because of their efficacy and minimal environmental impacts. VDCI carefully selects these products with the goal of protecting both people and the natural environment while economically reducing nuisance and disease-vector mosquitoes to tolerable levels.
Click here to see the pesticide residues fact sheet.
What you need to know about truck spraying
VDCI utilizes surveillance to track mosquito populations to learn where viruses, like Zika or West Nile, may be present or spreading in a community. Spraying insecticides from a truck is an important component of an Integrated Mosquito Management program used to control mosquitoes, especially when mosquito levels reach dangerous thresholds or disease is identified in a given area. VDCI uses only EPA-registered products and relies on data to ensure we are spraying the right amount of product in the right area at the right time.
Click here to learn more about VDCI truck spraying.
Colorado Educational Resources
Mosquito Management and Disease Education
- Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (West Nile Virus Page)
- Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) (Pesticides Page)
- Colorado State University (Mosquito Management)
- Fight The Bite Colorado
- West Central Mosquito and Vector Control Association (WCMVCA)
COLORADO REQUEST FORM
If you are having trouble submitting the below form, please contact our team at 877.276.4306 with your request. Requests may take up to 72 hours to process. If you would like to speak with an individual about your request sooner, please call our team at 877.276.4306.
VDCI is a company built on the foundations of public health, ethics, professionalism, and technical expertise. We establish vector management programs that are based on an understanding of the underlying vector’s ecology and rooted in the current science of environmentally sound control measures. To learn more about VDCI services, gain greater insight on the various mosquito species as well as the potential diseases they vector, please subscribe to our blog.
We are committed to protecting public health through excellence in vector management and we are proud to serve your community!