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Mosquitoes Expected in Two Weeks: City Entomologist

April 25, 2012 2:30 PM | News

City entomologist Taz Stuart updates the media for the first time this season on the mosquito situation, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (ALYSSA MCDONALD / METRO WINNIPEG)

Winnipeg can expect mosquitoes to start appearing in about two weeks, according to city entomologist Taz Stuart.

The first adult mosquitoes should start filling the New Jersey light traps by the first week of May after a relatively  mosquito-free season last year.

Warm weather conditions have contributed to an earlier start to the mosquito season, but cooler temperatures have also slowed down the mosquito population in developing.

The city’s Insect Control Branch will be utilizing four larviciding helicopters, while also using biocontrols and residual treatments. Fogging will be carried out when deemed necessary and follow the city’s usual 24-hour public notice procedures. Daily trap counts will be posted at Winnipeg.ca beginning next month.