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Alamosa Mosquito Control District A fully integrated mosquito management program since 1968. We serve a total of 121sq miles within Alamosa County. Boundaries are the 2s-13s and 103-114
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511 4th St Alamosa, CO 81101 719-589-5409

511 4th St Alamosa, CO 81101 719-589-5409

Mission: The mission of the Alamosa Mosquito Control District is to use environmentally sensitive practices to protect the health and well being of our public from disease and annoyance caused by mosquitoes.

02/08/2017

Aerial flight in progress... Working from the 4.5 S CR - 7.5 S CR between the CR 114 and CR 111.5

01/08/2017

WEST NILE VIRUS DISCOVERED IN ALAMOSA MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT --- 8/1/17
The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District on August, 1st 2017 at 11:30 am located in East Alamosa on Juniper Lane, just off of Highway 160. AMCD responded immediately by sending all larvicide crews to treat any standing water within the immediate areas of concern. If weather permits the adulticide applications will ensue via fog trucks, handheld backpack sprayers, and an aerial application within the area. The area will continue to be monitored and re-tesed until the risk lessons or is eliminated. Please take proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes. This may include applying an effective repellent, according to directions, which contains 20% to 30% DEET and wearing clothing that covers exposed skin as much as possible. Please contact the District at 719-589-5409 for more information.

Regards,
Board of Directors
511 4th Street
Alamosa, CO 81101
719-589-5409

13/07/2017

West Nile Virus detected in Alamosa Mosquito Control District.
The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District on July 13th 2017 at 1:00 pm. locatated in East Alamosa just off of Rio Grande Ave and East 4th St. AMCD responded immediately by sending all larvivide crews to treat any standing water with the immediate areas of concern. If weather permits the adulticide applications will ensue via the fog trucks and handheld backpack sprayers. The area will continue to be monitored and re-tested until the risk lessons or is eliminated. Please take proper proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes. This may include applying an effective repellent, according to directions, 20%-30% DEET and wearing clothing that covers exposed skin as much as possible. Please contact the District at 719-589-5409 for more information.

Regards,
Board of Directors

03/07/2017

Aerial tonight weather permitting:
9south to the 10south
103 to the 114

29/06/2017

We are planning an aerial application tonight if the wind is cooperative... Forecast is predicting the wind to be at or below 10mph tonight around 8pm... cross your fingers
6/29 spray block:
Hwy 17 to the 107
2south to the 6 South

16/06/2017

Larvacide aerial this morning between:
Hwy17 to 112
5s-6s

15/06/2017

Aerail scheduled for this evening weather permitting in the following area:
103 to Hwy 17
2.5s to 4.5s

12/06/2017

Aerial adulticide scheduled for this evening between the 103 & 114 and the 10s to the 11s - weather permitting of course

11/06/2017

Aerial adulticide tonight between the 11s & 12s and the 103 to the 114 - weather permitting of course ;)

08/06/2017

Aerial adulticide planned for this evening weather permitting::
Between the 12s to the 13s and the 103 to the 114.

16/08/2016

Good news folks, our WNV tests all came back negative this morning. Have no doubt we will continue to monitor the mosquito populations and test for WNV until the end of the season… We will keep you all informed as we progress into the fall season.

Thank you,
AMCD Staff

15/08/2016

We just wanted to update everyone on the status of the WNV that was found last Friday. After the staff meeting, all larvacide was deployed to the immediate area searching and treating any body of water that would contribute to the mosquito populations. The fogging department also was deployed that evening via truck route, aircraft and even backpack ULV, which continued over the weekend. With very cooperative weather we were able to accomplish every assignment which contributes to the reduction of mosquitoes as well as a reduction of WNV. Updates will come as they develop.
If you have any questions please call the office @ 719.589.5409
Thanks for your time,
AMCD STAFF & Board of Directors

12/08/2016

WEST NILE VIRUS DISCOVERED IN ALAMOSA MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT

The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District in the area of Highway 160 and the 113. AMCD responded immediately by treating the areas and searching for sources of mosquitoes. According to Teyler Hurst, District Manager, the District will be deploying all larvacide crews to treat all the standing water within the immediate areas of concern, and if weather permits the adulticide applications will ensue via truck routes as well as aerial applications. AMCD will set 3 additional traps within the area as well as continue to monitor/test the area until the risk lessens or is eliminated. Please take proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes. This may include applying an effective repellant, according to directions, which contains at least 20% DEET and wear clothing that covers exposed skin as much as possible.
West Nile virus is a disease that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. It is very rare to catch this illness, and most infected people will not get sick or will have only mild symptoms. However, west Nile Virus can be fatal. Symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness or convulsions. Persons with these symptoms need to seek medical attention immediately.
For more information please call the District office at 719.589.5409

Thank you for your time,
AMCD Board of Directors

Mosquito Hunter
10/08/2016
Mosquito Hunter

Mosquito Hunter

Racing to contain the Zika outbreak, Brazil has deployed an army of health workers to eradicate mosquitoes. But in a country where standing water abounds, giving mosquitoes endless opportunities to breed, the task is daunting.

14/07/2016

Aerial this evening between highway 17 and the 114, the 3s to 5.5s...

28/06/2016

Aerial this evening (weather permitting) in the following area :: 103 to the 114 - 3s to the 4s...

27/06/2016

Weather permitting tonight's aerial will be in the following area - 12s-13s and the 104 to the river canopy...

Thank you

24/06/2016

Weather permitting we will be conducting an aerial adulticide this evening between the river and the 114 and the 4s to the 5.5s. Thank you...

16/06/2016

Weather permitting tonights aerial will be within the following area... 103 to the 114 & the 5s to the 6s

16/06/2016

Good morning everyone,
We just wanted to touch base with you all and let everyone know what we have been up to recently...
As you may know we have been diligently searching and destroying these mosquitoes (aka blood suckers, fun drainers, vampires) since April. Larvacide was finding buckets (literally) of mosquito larvae District wide at the beginning of May. Currently at this point we are playing a game of search and destroy since the larvae are not in as much concentrated numbers as they were.
In terms of adults/fliers or biters, we saw a surge/increase of blood suckers emerge on the 28th of May. At this point the wind was preventing us from utilizing the airplane as well as postponing the fog trucks every night for 6 days straight, which was right around the time of the Summer Fest on the Rio but we were able to fog for the event as much as we could.
At this point we are continuing to fight the good fight and keep the task at hand (mitigating mosquito populations). The plane will be up as much as possible, backyard sprays are at a all time high, fog trucks will be covering what the plane does not and larvacide will be attempting to prevent these premature vampires from ever flying.
Thanks,
AMCD STAFF

09/06/2016

Aerial scheduled this evening (weather permitting) for the following area:: 8s - 9s and the 103 to the Rio Grande River.

09/06/2016

Aerial is in progress between the 103 and the 114 the 9s to the 10s... Enjoy

08/06/2016

The aerial this evening will be over the area between the following bounds - 114 to 103 and the 11s to the 10s

03/06/2016

To say the least, the aerial program has encountered some issues in the last few days that revolve around the spray equipment, which has grounded our last 3 attempted aerial applications. That being said, WE WILL be putting the plane in the air (WEATHER PERMITTING) between the 11.5 and the 12.5 from the 114 to the 104.

The fog trucks where able to get out last night and made a dent in the mosquito population, and will continue to do so over the weekend to help out with the backyard activities along with the festivities at the park.

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to call the office and talk with Teyler or Sarah.

Thanks,
AMCD STAFF

02/06/2016

THE BLOOD SUCKERS ARE UPON US!!!!!!!!!

If you haven't noticed it yet, the mosquitoes are quite numerous coming into the first part of June. Rest assured its not due to a lack of effort on our part. Our larvacide crews (6 people) which is our first and main line of defense, have been busy checking and treating water for mosquito larvae since April 11th. As for the fogging trucks, they have been on the ground since May 17th, with the aerial program active on the 1st of June. What we are facing uncooperative wind, since we cannot fog with wind above 10 mph we end up getting "blown-out" often. Unfortunately when it comes to fogging, we cannot control the weather therefore all we can do is wait it out. For more information regarding fogging routes and aerial sprays, please call the office at 719-589-5409 and follow the prompts.

Keep in mind that we do still offer our "special request" program in which folks can call in and ask for a backyard treatment which could range from backpack ULV, thermal fog and even a natural garlic bait. This can include but not limited to family reunions, wedding events, graduations, plain old BBQ's, and even the "cant enjoy my garden" scenario. This list does get long fairly quickly, so once you are on the list expect us within 48 hrs weather permitting. Once again call the office at 719-589-5409 and follow the prompts.

If you have any questions regarding anything mosquito related please don't hesitate to call the office and talk to Teyler Hurst or Sarah Cantu

03/03/2016

We are currently looking for individuals to fill several positions from full time, part time, day and night positions. We are looking for self-motivated, hard working folks who are not afraid to work as part of a high class team who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in our local community. Please come down to the office and pick up an application, first come first serve!
Applicants must have a current driving licence with a good standing driving record not to mention a good work ethic.

17/08/2015

Good morning everyone,
I just wanted to keep everyone updated on the WNV situation as it stands today August17th 2015. There is no way around it, West Nile Virus is very prevalent this year and we are doing what we can to abate this problem. Sadly we can only do so much and hope that our residents take proper personal precautions by wearing proper repellents, long pants and sleeves among avoiding spending time outdoors during high mosquito activity times.
Our first West Nile positive mosquito pool showed up on June 28th. Once we were made aware of this, we instantly reacted by putting into place our “WNV Action Plan” which consists of putting a focus area of 3miles around each positive site. We then deploy all larvacide teams within said circle checking and treating every drop of water as well as set more traps within the positive area to be included in the WNV retest the following days. As soon as the fogger units are available (time and weather dependent) they begin their assignments focusing on the positive areas of concern fogging any and all roads and driveways. If applicable, the aerial program will step in and run aerial sprays accordingly. So below is a brief description on how each positive was acted upon…

7/28…
-Management was notified of the 3 positive mosquito pools
-North East Alamosa – North River Road 4m – Area around Elementary School
-Sent out press releases
-Called Larvacide Staff meeting at 1pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Adulticide Staff meeting at 630pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Set 3 additional traps
-Aerial spray to consist of 113-114 & 5m-6m
On The Morning After… No recurrence of WNV
7/30…
-Management was notified of the positive pool
-North West of the District on the 104
-Sent out press releases
-Called Larvacide Staff meeting at 1pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Adulticide Staff meeting at 630pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Set 2 additional traps
-Aerial spray to consist of 2m-11m & 103-104 – weather didn’t allow
On The Morning After… No recurrence of WNV
8/04…
-Management was notified of the positive pool
-East Alamosa north side of 160
-Sent out press releases
-Called Larvacide Staff meeting at 1pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Adulticide Staff meeting at 630pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Set 3 additional traps
-Aerial spray to consist of 3m-6m & 107-Hwy17
On The Morning After… No recurrence of WNV for 7 days
8/06…
-Management was notified of the positive pool
-adjacent to the Alamosa Recycling Center
-Sent out press releases
-Called Larvacide Staff meeting at 1pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Adulticide Staff meeting at 630pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Set 2 additional traps
On The Morning After… No recurrence of WNV
8/11…
-Management was notified of the positive pool
-South River Road 10S
-Sent out press releases
-Called Larvacide Staff meeting at 1pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Adulticide Staff meeting at 630pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Aerial spray to consist of 103-114 & 9m-10m
On The Morning After… No recurrence of WNV
8/13…
-Management was notified of the positive pool
-East Alamosa south of 160 – Immediate area around High School
-Sent out press releases
-Called Larvacide Staff meeting at 1pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Adulticide Staff meeting at 630pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Set 2 additional traps
- Aerial spray to consist of 113-114 & 5m-6m – weather didn’t allow
On The Morning After… No recurrence of WNV
8/14…
-Management was notified of the positive pool
-East Alamosa north of 160
-Sent out press releases
-Called Larvacide Staff meeting at 1pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Adulticide Staff meeting at 630pm and informed of new set of priorities
-Set 2 additional traps
-Aerial spray to consist of 3m-6m & Hwy17-113 – weather didn’t allow

In summary, in the past 21 days we have had 10 mosquito pools test positive (+) for WNV. All 10 sites tested negative (-) the following 48 hrs. Of those 10, only 1 site had a recurrence and it was 10 days later. Weather was/is a factor, but we were able to get some control out there. Although the staff is dwindling we are hard at it as the WNV has not shown signs of retreat so neither will we. Again if you have any questions please call the office at 719.589.5409

06/08/2015

MORE WEST NILE VIRUS DISCOVERED IN ALAMOSA MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT

The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District on August 6th 2015 at 1:30pm. Located in the area of the 12th street and county road 110 (aka old airport road).

The Alamosa Mosquito Control District responded immediately by treating the areas and searching for sources of mosquitoes. The District will be deploying all larvacide crews to treat all the standing water within the immediate areas of concern, and if weather permits the adulticide applications will ensue via truck and airplane. AMCD will set 3 additional traps within the areas as well and continue to monitor/test the area until the risk lessens or is eliminated. As for the other sites that have tested positive earlier this week and last, we have not seen a re-occurrence of WNV the following day in those specific areas. We have been testing since they came up positive still no re-occurrence, it seems just to relocate.

Please take proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes. This may include applying an effective repellent, according to directions, which contains 20% to 30% DEET and wearing clothing that covers exposed skin as much as possible. Please contact the District at 589-5409 for more information.

04/08/2015

MORE WEST NILE VIRUS DISCOVERED IN
ALAMOSA MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT

The Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has discovered the West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped within the District on August 4th 2015 at 11:30am. located in the area of East Alamosa.

The Alamosa Mosquito Control District responded immediately by treating the areas and searching for sources of mosquitoes. The District will be deploying all larvacide crews to treat all the standing water within the immediate areas of concern, and if weather permits the adulticide applications will ensue via truck and airplane. AMCD will set 3 additional traps within the areas as well and continue to monitor/test the area until the risk lessens or is eliminated.

Please take proper personal protection measures from being infected by mosquitoes. This may include applying an effective repellant, according to directions, which contains 20% to 30% DEET and wearing clothing that covers exposed skin as much as possible. Please contact the District at 589-5409 for more information

Address

511 4th St
Alamosa, CO
81101

General information

Prior to the establishment of the Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) by an election in 1966, it was unbearable to be outside during mosquito season. According to some "old-timers", people would walk around downtown Alamosa waving branches to ward off the pests, thus the need for the District was determined. The founding members of AMCD were: Robert Bowers, Robert Foote, Stanley Knapp, Maurice Morris, and Vern Stenzel, attorney, and Carlos Lucero. These members founded the organization and led the initial District attack against mosquitoes in Alamosa. An elected board of five members governs the district. The board of directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the AMCD office and shop located at 511 Fourth Street in Alamosa. Our current members are: Dr. Larry Sveum ( President), Pat Steenburg (Vice Pres), DiJ Myers (Secretary), Scott Caton (Treasurer), and Dr. Bill Brinton. The AMCD is a special district supported by taxes on property within the district boundaries. The taxes are about $50.00 per year on a residence valued at $200,000. The current mill levy is 5 mills as established by voters in November of 2008. Since then the Board of Directors has taken a Temporary mill levy reduction to 4 mills, which will stay for the up coming 2012 season.

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