For the last couple of week, the residents of Regina, Saskatchewan, in Canada, experience hot and dry weather, but windy, which makes summer evenings very enjoyable. However, the swarms of mosquitoes in the region are not just annoying. In Regina, disease-carrying mosquitoes are on the rise, while other mosquitoes are diminishing their numbers.
Regina’s manager of forestry and pest control, Russell Eirich, stated that, in the past few weeks, there were only 16 mosquitoes, on average, in each of the traps scattered around the city. That’s very low compared with the past years.
Even though the mosquitoes traps are in place, Russell Eirich said that people should protect themselves, too. He also stated that disease-carrying mosquitoes are on the rise, while, in general, the other mosquitoes species are lower in numbers.
“One in three mosquitoes are the Culex mosquitoes, which are typically the disease-carrying mosquitoes,” said Eirich.
Disease-carrying mosquitoes on the rise in Regina, Saskatchewan, but the region is still safe of West Nile virus
As reported by Russell Eirich, none of the Culex disease-carrying mosquitoes in Regina is carrying the West Nile virus. However, other areas of Saskatchewan are affected, such as Saskatoon, but, for the time being, there’s no risk for the illness to reach Regina.
This week is the commonly marking a significant spike in mosquitoes population, including those disease-carrying mosquitoes species, as 25 years ago, in this period of the year, the insect traps in the region caught more than 4,000 mosquitoes each. Since then, the officials commenced the mosquitoes control program.
The city’s authorities continue to treat the bodies of water in the region of Regina, Saskatchewan, to halt mosquitoes proliferation and avoid the emergence of the West Nile virus in the city.
West Nile virus is usually carried by disease-carrying mosquitoes and manifests similarly to the flu, including symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. If left untreated and especially in young children, elderlies, and people with weakened immune systems, the illness might also cause stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, and might lead to convulsions, tremors, coma, and even paralysis.