Thanks to a warmer spring, the Culex Tarsalis mosquito has arrived in Regina.
Russell Eirich, the manager of forestry, pest control and horticulture with the City of Regina says it’s a disease-carrying mosquito and it has arrived a bit earlier than usual because of the mild spring.
“Culex Tarsalis is a warm-weather mosquito,” Eirich said at an outdoor news scrum Tuesday in Regina. “Normally, in most years, we see it between June 15th to June 20th. We’re about a full week earlier than usual.”
Eirich says the city is seeing slightly below-average numbers when it comes to mosquito counts in traps — and again, he attributes that to a warmer-than-usual spring.
“We’re averaging right now about 16 mosquitoes per trap,” Eirich said. “Compare that to our historical average of about 15 mosquitoes per trap. So that’s slightly above the average, but I think that’s because we’ve had a warmer spring.”
Eirich says there hasn’t been too much rain lately and as that’s why mosquito counts are down, but he urges residents to remove any standing water in yards in order to prevent any mosquitoes from breeding near homes. Culex Tarsalis, according to entomologists, can become more abundant in bodies of water.
EIrich says the mosquitos are most active at dawn and dusk.