People will soon be giving more blood without consent as the mosquito population in Regina starts to rise.
As of Wednesday, the number of mosquitoes in the city is still well below normal, but the population is expected to grow following the heavy rain in late July.
The city’s last count ended Friday, finding an average of eight mosquitoes per trap. That’s not far off from the seven per trap found in the dry month of June and much lower than the historical average of 46 of the buzzing pests per trap.
“We probably won’t start to see mosquito numbers increase until probably just after this weekend,” said Russell Eirich, manager of forestry, horticulture, and pest control for the City of Regina.
Crews are going around, checking the trap sites, monitoring the larvae and treating the site with a product called VectoBac that controls the larvae to the water.
Eirich said sites that were dry in June have started to fill back up with water, but not all are full yet.
You can also expect to be annoyed by more wasps. Eirich explained they usually pick up in numbers starting in August and through September and will become more a nuisance going forward.