August 4, 2014
Just a little update for you who are interested…
Nominally we should have a little more than a month to go until the “end of the season” appears. 2014 has been anything but normal or average. The snow-melt started coming down 2 weeks early and ran until the first week in June which happens to be just short of the average peak (June 10th). Our senior larvacide staff saw more standing water this year than they have ever seen in the past 4 years. Our monthly average mosquito collection has been double from 2013. So it goes without saying our staff were very busy checking all the mosquito habitat that ended up being everywhere. Recent reports are coming in that the standing water out in the field is starting to recede, which just so happens to match the disappearance of staff who are preparing for students or students getting ready for school. We still have our shop staff, lab techs, 2 larvaciders and one fogger driver left until the end of the season.
Our light trap numbers have been really low which is reflecting the weather we have been having. With the cooler nights (low 50’s and upper 40’s) and all the rain and moister, the little blood suckers tend to "hunker" down. With that said our border line traps have been the highest, which an aerial would help significantly if the weather would ever let up and allow us to fly.
Regardless we will be out checking for larvae, keeping an eye on the adult mosquito population, testing for WNV and weather permitting fogging where necessary.
If you have any questions please call the office at 719-589-5409. The fogging hotline (1877-919-5220) is available for folks who are interested where the fogger operations will be for the evening.
**Please keep in mind that we are here to serve your mosquito needs, so please if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office at the number below …
• Office: (719) 589-5409
• Fax: (719) 452-3555
• Fogging hotline: 1-877-919-5220