Regina’s manager of forestry, pest control and horticulture says the drought is working in our favour, when it comes to mosquitoes
Russell Eirich says mosquito numbers are phenomenally low this year with only 8 moquitoes caught in city traps.
“Outside of town, our traps are catching – on average – I believe, it’s 41 mosquitoes per trap,” Eirich said. “So our program is still working.”
“We have some people dedicated to it, but not normally what we would have in an average year,” Eirich said. “Because, again, it’s just so dry out. And the drought is actually working in our favour.”
“What we are seeing though is some of the creeks north of town have stopped flowing,” Eirich said. “And that’s what’s actually generating the mosquitoes is just those natural bodies that are there. And they are
not flowing any more and that’s where the mosquitoes are coming from.”
Eirich says on average, 400 mosquitoes are usually trapped.
He says time of year usually brings the highest mosquito population.
In 1992, more than 40-thousand of the pests were caught in the city’s traps.