LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Crews will begin spraying for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus in Larimer County on Sunday evening.

Fogging trucks will begin canvassing neighborhoods at 8 p.m. Sunday until 2 a.m. Monday on the northeastern part of Fort Collins and adjacent Larimer County.

Fort Collins has a map that allows residents to track the trucks as they spray different neighborhoods. Health officials urge residents to keep their windows and doors shut during and for an hour after the spraying.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Residents can further minimize pesticide exposure by covering organic gardens, ponds, and water features with a cloth sheet or tarp.

LINK: Colorado Department of Health’s West Nile Virus Page

Additional Information From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment

To help prevent West Nile virus infection, follow the four D’s:

– DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Remember to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
– DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times.
– DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
– DRESS in long sleeves and pants in areas where mosquitoes are active.
For more information about West Nile virus, visit FightTheBiteColorado.com.

Check out Dr. Dave Hnida’s recent blog entry on how to protect yourself against West Nile.