Mosquito numbers continue to be at record lows in Regina.
So low, that Russell Eirich, the Manager of Forestry, Horticulture and Pest Control for the City of Regina said the city has been able to save additional dollars this year.
“Normally at this time of year we would have made say four orders of our mosquito product, one order of mosquito product for us runs us roughly $25,000, so far this year we’ve only ordered two. So I mean that’s a $50,000 savings,” Eirich told reporters on Tuesday.
Eirich said trap count numbers continue to be in the single digits.
“Our mosquito counts are phenomenally low, as I keep saying for the last number of weeks we’re averaging six mosquitoes per trap, compared to our historical average for this time of year of 60 mosquitoes per trap. We’re one tenth of what it should be,” Eirich said.
Eirich added that 40 per-cent of the mosquitoes caught are of the Culex species, but said that number is deceiving because there are so few mosquitoes in total.
“We are seeing lots of Culex species mosquitoes in our traps, there are three different types of Culex species so it’s roughly 40 per-cent of the average, but again because the overall mosquito numbers are so low the Culex numbers are just as low,” said Eirich.
Only three mosquitoes caught city wide were of the Culex Tarsalis variety, which are the West Nile carrying species.
There have been no reported human cases of West Nile in Regina this year.