As Regina residents get ready to enjoy this weekend’s Queen City Ex, the mosquito numbers appear to be cooperating.
Numbers are about 10% of the historical average of 164 mosquitoes per trap, checking in at 16 mosquitoes this week.
Spokesperson Russell Eirich said dry weather with wind has helped keep mosquito numbers down.
“The counts on the outside of our control zone, we’re averaging about 20 mosquitoes per trap, so again we’re only three-quarters of what that is compared to outside, so clearly it’s a good drying cycle that’s helping us out.”
Eirich said this is a very historic week for the mosquito watch program.
“This is the week where we actually counted 4,000 mosquitoes per trap in 1993, and it’s that year that actually drove the creation of our mosquito program as it stands today, so again, comparatively speaking, it could have been a lot worse.”
Eirich adds the city is at its average amount for trees lost to dutch elm disease, with five.