Low mosquito trap counts have kept city crews away from their fogging tracks this week.
The Insect Control Branch has suspended its mosquito-control program, as trap counts throughout the city are sitting between 22 and 35.
City of Winnipeg entomologist Taz Stuart said Friday the low level of adult mosquitoes is due to cooler temperatures overnight and previous rounds of successful fogging.
But don’t think we’re out of the woods just yet. The pesky skeeters are expected to emerge again in about 10 days, when the Culex tarsalis species appears.
Should trap counts in the city rise up to 100, fogging will resume in areas where it’s needed. Trap count levels are continually being monitored, as the AFA (Adulticiding Factor Analysts) remains high.
Stuart says so far this year, the city has spent $3.3 million to combat the nuisance mosquitoes, compared to an average of $5.4 million over the course of a normal summer.
UPDATE: July 10 — Mosquito fogging will resume tonight, weather permitting, in Insect Management Areas 1, 11, 12, 14, 26, 27 and 50.