The City of Regina says it’s expecting mosquito numbers to start lower-than-normal this spring.
It’s likely because of less moisture this winter and not much rain yet this spring.
But officials warn this can change rapidly with spring and summer storms.
In Regina, mosquito trap monitoring will begin May 1.
The first week’s results will be made available to the public on May 10.
The City utilizes 12 traps inside city limits to obtain mosquito population counts.
The City of Regina has already started its use of Vectobac, an organic product, to control mosquito larvae.
Mosquito larvae develop in shallow standing water. Vectobac is applied directly to the water when there are larvae present.
The City reminds residents a small amount of water produces thousands of mosquitoes.
Did you know? The first mosquito caught in Regina traps is usually the Culiseta inornata. The female mosquito can survive freezing through the winter by crawling under leaf litter between rocks. As the weather warms up, the mosquito thaws and becomes active. She then lays her already fertilized eggs on spring melt water. This means it is still one of “last year’s” mosquitoes.