Week 23 – June 5 – 6

2008 Mosquito Report: Week 23

Report based on data collected from traps deployed on Thursday, June 5, 2008 and retrieved on Friday, June 6, 2008. Comments contributed by John Smith and Chan Suom, M.S.

1. Current mosquito activity/trend

CDC Light Traps:
Mosquito activity is higher compared to last year’s (2007) data in Week 23, and this is counting only CDC traps.

Gravid Traps:
We will begin deploying gravid traps the week ending 6/14/08.

2. Current Predominant Species

CDC Light Traps:
The predominant species this week are Oc. excrucians, Oc. abserratus, and Oc. Canadensis.  There are a few PRE’s but that’s about it.

Gravid Traps:
We will begin deploying gravid traps the week ending 6/14/08.

3. Comparison to previous season

Compared to last season, activity has increased, but I would not use a modifier such as worse.

4. Weather Summary

I believe the heat is accelerating growth and this is apparent as we got more mosquitoes (week 23) this year than last year.

5. Number of requests for service

Year to date NCMCP has received 558 calls for service as of 6/7/08. This represents a total of 369 calls for the week.

6. MCP/Commission response

In general our response has been to begin ground ULV applications in areas of high public demand. Requests to check stagnant water on private property has revealed little new larval development. Floodplains are not developing larvae at this time.

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