The dry climate in Edmonton is one issue behind the decrease mosquito rely: skilled
EDMONTON – If you’ve noticed fewer mosquitoes than normal while walking in the Edmonton River Valley, it is mainly due to the lack of rainfall, says one expert.
Weather conditions this spring were hot and dry, making the area less suitable for mosquitoes, according to Edmonton City Pest Control Coordinator Mike Jenkins. He said the lack of rain had delayed the need for the mosquito patrol program.
“This season has been one of our strangest in terms of mosquito population. This was the second year in 40 years that we didn’t have a spring program, ”said Jenkins.
Edmonton has nearly 30 different types of mosquitoes, but both the spring and summer pests have been counted fewer. At the moment the program has completed very little ground treatments and it has not yet been decided whether the helicopter will be used to treat mosquito areas from the air.
“We have just started seeing the first mosquitoes of the season,” he said, adding that the number of spring mosquitos is very low and he is not expecting any more.
“It normally takes about 30 to 40 millimeters to really trigger significant, widespread mosquito hatching,” he said.
As July approaches, says Jenkins, Edmontoners might begin to see more of the summer mosquito, which he describes as small and stealthy – the kind that pinches your ankle.
For Scott Adams, an Edmonton resident who enjoys exercising outdoors, the absence of mosquitoes is positive.
“When you consider that we’ve been inside for how many months. We want out and the last thing we want is to be pushed back in because the mosquitoes are out, ”he said.
Although the pesky insects can be felt to be a nuisance, they are an important species.
“Mosquitoes are a good source of food for many other organisms and therefore play an important role in the ecosystem. They’re pollen eaters too, ”said Jenkins.