West Nile Virus Information
What is West Nile Virus?
West Nile virus is a disease that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The symptoms of West Nile range from none to very serious.
Mosquito Spray Progress Maps
Spraying Progress Maps are intended to improve access to information and to help determine when the spray trucks are in a general area. These maps show the progress of mosquito spray trucks throughout the city while spraying is being conducted.
North of Harmony - Aug. 20
These images are generated every 30 minutes showing the location of the spray trucks in neighborhoods north of Harmony Road.
South of Harmony - Aug. 20
Neighborhoods south of Harmony Road can track trucks in their area by logging into: www.ftsgps.com
- Go to www.ftsgps.com
- Click on GPS Sign In in upper right-hand corner
- Username: COMOSQUITO
- Password: nile
- Username and password are case sensitive
Some areas south of Harmony will be sprayed with trucks that do not have any GPS tracking capabilities due to resource constraints. These areas can be seen on the Mosquito Spray Area Map.
In accordance with the City's West Nile Virus Management Policy, the City of Fort Collins will spray for adult mosquitoes beginning at dusk on Aug. 19-20. Weather permitting, truck-based fogging will take place:
- North of Mulberry Street - Monday, Aug. 19
- South of Mulberry Street - Tuesday, Aug. 20
The City's contractor, Colorado Mosquito Control, will use a permethrin-based product to be applied in a fine mist. Spraying will begin at dusk according to the schedule above, and will continue until 2 a.m. the following morning for each application. To minimize pesticide exposure, residents should stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed for 30 to 60 minutes after spraying occurs. It's recommended that residents bring pets indoors as well. Residents can further minimize pesticide exposure by covering organic gardens, ponds, and water features with a sheet or tarp.
The decision to spray for mosquitos follows the recommendation by Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment Director, and a majority recommendation from the City of Fort Collins West Nile Advisory panel.
West Nile Virus Management Policy
The City of Fort Collins recognizes West Nile virus to be a public health issue. This West Nile Virus Management Policy has been developed to reduce the incidence of city residents contracting West Nile virus (a mosquito-borne virus). The overall goal of this policy is to reduce the risk of human West Nile virus infection while limiting adverse human health and environmental impacts.
The City applies adulticides only as an emergency response to a demonstrated increase in West Nile virus risk. A recommendation to adulticide comes from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and is review by a City-appointed West Nile Virus Advisory Panel, which provides separate comments to the City Manager. The decision to adulticide lies with the City Manager.
Looking for more information on the West Nile virus, spraying maps, precautions you can take? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions
Take steps now to lessen the likelihood of mosquito bites:
- Limit time spent outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
- Spray clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
- Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Always read and follow product directions.
Larimer County provides up-to-date information on different repellents and their effectiveness as well as the best way to keep your kids protected.
Keep tabs on mosquitoes in your neighborhood with the Mosquito Dashboard. Select the date and location, and the Dashboard will give you numbers of trapped mosquitoes, and whether or not they tested positive for West Nile Virus.