Bad mosquito week ahead

Mosquitoes will be on the bite this week following recent heavy rains.

Psorophora mosquito

The public should also be on the lookout for the Psorophora mosquito, which bites throughout the day.
Photo: File

Mosquito Research and Control Unit Assistant Director Allan Wheeler said it will probably take four days of concerted aerial and truck spraying to bring the population of adult mosquitoes back down.

‘Mosquitoes will really be biting during the coming week. We are advising that people stay inside between 7pm and 8pm. If they have to go outside, they should wear repellent,’ he said.

Mr. Wheeler said the public should also be on the lookout for the Psorophora mosquito, which bites throughout the day. Large and black, the mosquito has a voracious appetite and is commonly found in flooded grasslands.

Mr. Wheeler called on the public to help MRCU by upturning buckets and other rainwater deposits around the house that mosquitoes breed in.

This is especially important for reducing the population of the potential dengue fever carrier, Aedes aegypti, which breeds in residential areas.

Although MRCU’s recent larviciding campaign appears to have been successful, the next few weeks will be critical for keeping mosquito populations under control, Mr. Wheeler said.

‘The start of the season really governs what happens for the rest of it.’

MRCU’s distinctive low flying red and white airplanes will be noticeable in the sky from 7pm to 8pm over the next few weeks, Mr. Wheeler said. Trucks will be spraying between 7pm and 9pm.

For more information or to report mosquito infestations, call the MRCU on 949-2557.

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