Reducing the Buzz and Bites
Worker sprays standing pool of water in Cottonwood Island Park – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – It is mosquito season in Prince George.
“We call them the snowmelt mosquitoes” says Claire Watkins, Integrated Pest Management Foreman for the City of Prince George. The actual name of this type of mosquito is ‘aedes vexans’ “That’s the species of mosquito that comes out in the spring and they’re the ones that like human blood.”
There are 20 species of mosquitoes in Prince George says Watkins and the good news is not all target humans “Some like birds, some like horses, some like livestock some like moose and deer. So for most of them we (humans) are not their favourite blood source.”
This year, the City is spending $80 thousand dollars on mosquito control. It’s a big job as the City treats more than 350 sites in Prince George with larvicide to control mosquitoes.
While the work being done in Cottonwood Island Park is being done manually, aerial spraying is also done in swamps northwest of College Heights, northeast of the Hart, and a heli-spray was done on Fraser Flats on Monday
The larvicide is sprayed on standing pools of water or swamps which have first been checked to ensure there are larvae present says Watkins “The larvicide’s only good in the water for 36 hours” and only sprayed in areas that are not connected to fish bearing waterways.
The spraying program runs from around the end of April to the end of June “The mosquitoes that come out after that are not as numerous, not as pesky” says Watkins..