The almost daily rain and thunderstorms we’re experiencing this summer have led to more mosquitoes in Edmonton.
Mike Jenkins, the city’s bug expert, says the wet conditions are boosting the mosquito population but they are sending crews to spray areas hoping to curb the increase.
“We have been getting a lot of rainfall over the past few weeks,” explains Jenkins. “We got most of the rainfall we should have had in April and May around the end of July, and that has created quite a bit of mosquito habitat out there and we have had hatching in several areas around the city.”
Jenkins says they are still processing the trap count from Tuesday but the overall numbers have been climbing past what we saw in July over the past few weeks.
“We have been going after that aggressively with our mosquito control program and controlling the larvae in those habitats,” explains Jenkins. “We have been able to reduce those numbers in a lot of those areas but we are expecting increasing numbers over the next little while.”
He says we’ve been lucky the past few years with the dry hot summers.
“There’s probably more campaigns than we’ve had for the past several years,” explains Jenkins. “We’ve had several dry years but it is probably back up to an average number of campaigns, around four or five distinct campaigns against mosquitoes, and it is kind of unusual.”
He adds the good news is, the mosquitoes we see are not able to transmit or even carry the Zika virus at this point. (twd)