2020 will be an 'intense year' for mosquitoes, Sask. expert says
SASKATOON -- Conditions will be ripe for mosquitoes for the next few months after a rainy, wet spring, University of Saskatchewan entomologist Sean Prager says.
“We are going to have a lot of mosquitoes this year, there's no question this will be a rather intense year for mosquitoes."
Most of the pesky bugs lay eggs in standing water and with the rain so far, there is a lot of potential for mosquitoes to multiply.
“We can expect mosquitoes to be especially bad in the days or weeks following rain events when pools of water have not had a chance to dry up,” Prager told CTV News.Jeff Boone, the entomologist for the City of Saskatoon, said that is in line with what he is seeing.
“We've had a lot of rain this year and all this rain means a lot of mosquito habitat and a lot of mosquito habitat means a lot of adults. And right now we're into a bit of a spike in populations.
The city is spraying standing water in hopes of reducing mosquito larvae, but what the rest of the summer has in store for the population will be determined by how much drying happens in the weeks ahead.
He also says the threat of the specific mosquito that carries The West Nile Virus remains to be seen.
“Typically we have a low presence of West Nile in Saskatoon most years, but every once in a while it can spike up, and so that's something we don’t know right now. That story will be told over the next few weeks."
Still, mosquitoes, black flies and ticks are the only prevalent biting bugs that we have to deal with during the summer months, Sprager said.
“We're pretty lucky here. We have a lot of things that are annoying and not a lot of things that cause trouble for humans.”