Cool spring helps Grand Forks mosquito control well into summerAn above-average amount of precipitation in the summer months usually results in a high number of mosquitoes buzzing around the area. This summer is different.
By: Brandi Jewett, Grand Forks Herald
An above-average amount of precipitation in the summer months usually results in a high number of mosquitoes buzzing around the area.
This summer is different.
“We think the early spring flooding flushed out a lot of the eggs,” said Todd Hanson, supervisor of mosquito control in Grand Forks.
Hanson said the cool temperatures the region experienced in May and June played a role in keeping the skeeter population at bay.
The highest trap count this year was 102 mosquitoes July 7. So far this summer, the city has sprayed six times.
Last year, the highest trap count was 149 mosquitoes in June. Ground sprays for the summer totaled 18.
These numbers pale in comparison to the soggy summer of 2002, when 30 ground sprays were conducted because of wet conditions perfect for mosquito breeding. A trap checked in September of that year contained 508 of the pests.
Hanson reminds residents to remove standing water from their property or alert the program of the water’s existence so they can place it on their map for larvicide treatment. Killing mosquitoes as larva prevents them from becoming adults capable of spreading diseases such as West Nile virus.
“It’s not the most visible part of the program,” said Hanson. “But it’s definitely the biggest.”