Mosquito & Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Currently, the risk of West Nile virus (WNV) infection is rated at level 1 (Low Risk). Larval mosquito activity is in full swing, and larval control operations will be ongoing in wetland and irrigated locations in and around Laramie throughout the summer season. Adult mosquitos are beginning to fly and migration off of flood irrigated hay meadows adjacent to town has begun. Adult mosquito control operations are likely to start in the beginning of June.
No mosquitos have been tested for the 2020 season as of 5/29/2020. In 2019, ninety-nine mosquito samples were tested for West Nile virus using the RAMP platform. Four (4) mosquito samples (out of 99) tested positive for West Nile virus in 2019.
Schedules regarding Mosquito Control and Parks and Cemetery chemical applications for control of weeds and insect pests are available daily on the Mosquito Control and Integrated Pest Management Hotline at 721-5056. The schedule is available at approximately 4:00 PM daily. Spraying information is also available on the City’s website. For further information contact Tyler Shevling, Mosquito Control and IPM Crew Supervisor at 721-5258.
Integrated Pest Management
Hotline information regarding chemical applications on City owned properties will be updated daily at 4pm. Call 721-5056 or click on the Mosquito and Chemical Application hotline tab on the City of Laramie home page.
Learn about our No Spray Program for residents who do not want the City to perform chemical spray applications on their property.
Optional No-Spray Program
View detailed information about Laramie’s optional No Spray Program.
Mosquitos in the News
Illnesses on the rise (CDC)
Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea. These can be vectors for spreading pathogens (germs). A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease, like dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague. Between 2004 and 2016, more than 640,000 cases of these diseases were reported, and 9 new germs spread by bites from infected mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced in the US. State and local health departments and vector control organizations are the nation’s main defense against this increasing threat. Yet, 84% of local vector control organizations lack at least 1 of 5 core vector control competencies. Better control of mosquitoes and ticks is needed to protect people from these costly and deadly diseases.