Aerial flights planned to battle West Nile in Laramie County

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department in conjunction with the Cheyenne Weed and Pest Department will begin aerial larvacide work the first week of July.

Fixed wing aircraft will fly the major drainage areas of Laramie County including municipal sewage lagoons, ponds, stock reservoirs and lakes in an effort to eliminate the mosquito vector that carries West Nile Virus.

The larvacide is a biological agent that targets only mosquito larvae in their aquatic life cycle. The larvacide is harmless to animals and livestock. Flights are generally flown in the early morning hours on calm days. For more information, contact the Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department at 307-633-4090.

In 2016 there were ten West Nile Virus cases reported in Wyoming.

You can protect yourself by remembering the “5 D’s”, DAWN and DUSK: when mosquitoes are most active; DRESS: wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt outdoors; DRAIN: make sure you reduce shallow, stagnant water where mosquitoes breed; and use an insect repellent containing DEET.