On September 17, 2019, the GRMCD trapped a single Aedes aegypt
i mosquito in the Fruita area. The Aedes aegypti
is common in tropical climates and can transmit diseases such as, Yellow fever, Dengue fever, Chikungunya, and Zika. This discovery was a concern since it was the first time this mosquito species was found in our area.
GRMCD implements a comprehensive surveillance program each year to determine the number and type of mosquito species within our boundaries. The surveillance program sets traps throughout the District on a weekly basis during the mosquito season. By trapping just one Aedes aegypti
mosquito, it emphasizes the importance of this program.
Immediately after the discovery, GRMCD increased surveillance efforts, neighborhood inspections, and evening fogging operations in the Fruita area. With the freezing temperatures in late October, the remaining adult mosquitoes were likely extinguished. The surveillance program was discontinued for the winter. There have been NO additional Aedes aegypti
mosquitoes or larvae found. GRMCD will closely monitor this specific area in Fruita beginning in April, 2020. If there are additional Aedes aegypti
mosquitoes and/or larvae discovered, GRMCD will take prompt and appropriate measures to eliminate the species.
Please feel free to contact our office (970-257-0191) with questions.
- Meetings of the Board of Directors of the Grand River Mosquito Control District are open to the public. Regular Board Meeting will be held on the third Wednesday each month, at 6:00 p.m. The location is at the GRMCD office, 531 Maldonado Street, Grand Junction, Colorado.
- Click on AGENDA for the January 15, 2020 Board meeting.