With some small amounts of rain followed by heat, the City of Regina expects mosquito populations to be on the rise this week.
Ray Morgan, the City’s Director of Parks and Open Space said that also includes the West Nile carrying Culex Tarsalis.
“The Culex Tarsalis mosquito that carries West Nile is very active this time of year so we are monitoring that. Our message to the public is to make sure you are wearing insect repellent and long sleeve clothes,” Morgan told reporters.
The city is also continuing to monitor standing bodies of water and treat them with an environmentally friendly product if need be.
“We treat water bodies with a larva-side, we don’t spray. We’re looking at water bodies daily, and we’re treating water bodies daily, so we’re keeping the populations the best we can under control and are out there everyday,” Morgan said.
Morgan added despite the increase, they expect mosquito numbers will continue to remain below the ten year average.
“With the little rain we had on Friday, we are likely to see those mosquitoes emerge in the next day or so, but the forecast is still looking for dry conditions so we’re predicting that mosquito populations will stay below the ten year average, which is normal for this time of year,” said Morgan.