WINNIPEG — The 50-70 mm of rain the city received over the weekend has contributed to the pending emergence of those pesky mosquitoes.
Over the next seven to 10 days, summer adult nuisance mosquitoes will begin appearing and have already started hatching in water.
Insect Control Branch superintendent Ken Nawolsky says an aggressive larviciding program is continuing to check and treat approximately 30,000 hectares of potential larval development sites in Winnipeg and the surrounding 10-kilometre treatment area.
“Up until Thursday, it was looking pretty good,” Nawolsky said. “There were small little pockets of emergence, but what happened on the weekend with that additional rainfall triggered more eggs to hatch.
Nawolsky said there’s a significant emergence in the Assiniboia and Charleswood areas.
Despite the unseasonably cooler temperatures over the weekend, it was no match for larvae, as they hatch once standing water warms up again.
The city says homeowners can do their part to dump, drain and cover any standing water on their property.