The cool wet weather and rising rivers have combined to create the perfect storm of conditions for mosquitoes in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. The TNRD says it’s shaping up to be another higher-than-normal year for the little blood suckers.
Martin Dickson, the TNRD’s environmental services technician, says crews are pretty much treating continually, working seven days a week and 12-hour days. The method being used the most right now is hand-treating with a bacteria that attacks mosquito larvae. Some spraying has also occurred.
Dickson says residents can cut down on the numbers of mosquitoes in their own yards and neighbourhoods by changing out bird bath water once a week, dumping standing water from things like planter trays and kiddie pools.
You can get more information from the 24-hour mosquito advisory hotline at 250-372-5700.