They say all good things must come to an end and the city thinks that is the case with the low populations of mosquitoes we’ve had so far this year.
“We were probably almost record lows for the first part of May with basically no rain at all throughout most of April and into May but then the low soaking rainfall that we had towards the end of May and the continuing showers since then, we are seeing mosquitos now,” explains Mike Jenkins, Biological Sciences Technician with the City.
Jenkins says mosquito population is starting to build now.
“It definately is more than we’ve seen so far this year but we’re getting more to the average number of mosquitoes for Edmonton for this time of year,” explains Jenkins.
Jenkins says we usually we see the big slow ones earlier, then the daytime biters and then the stealthy bloodsuckers.
“With this peticular one, with the first rainfall of the spring coming at the same time as the beginining of summer, we had both our spring spieces and our summer spieces showing up at the same time,” explains Jenkins. “It is a bit unusal.”
Jenkins says they don’t have a current count of mosquitos at the moment as the traps they use look back one week.
He says we’ll know Tuesday what the situation is. (twd)