The City of Regina is once again reminding residents the West Nile Virus has been detected in the city. West Nile is most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites.
Russell Eirich is the Manager of Forestry, Horticulture and Pest Control. He says mosquito numbers remain very low in Regina — 5 mosquitoes per trap have been recorded, which compares to a historical average of 89 mosquitoes per trap.
But it’s the discovery of West Nile which has official reminding residents to protect themselves.
“The province has successfully trapped a mosquito with West Nile Virus,” Eirich said. “So, we do have it in town. Which means we should be reminding residents to try and protect themselves.”
Eirich says while mosquito counts in the city have been very low this year, there is a small percentage of those which are carrying Culex Tarsalis.
“We that Culex Tarsalis came out early,” Eirich said. “We’ve known we’ve had a hot summer. If people are active in their backyard – just at the time of dawn and dusk – wear that long-sleeve clothing or wear some mosquito repellent.”
Eirich says mosquito season carries on into September, so it’s best to remember to take precautions against West Nile