In our recent Board of Trustees meeting, our staff reported a very active November this year, compared to previous years.
Increased awareness about the invasive Aedes mosquitoes and spikes in temperatures in autumn, we received more than 500 service requests throughout our District. That’s an average of more than 25 Service Requests per working day!
Note: The graph doesn’t show current numbers for December because the month hasn’t ended and we haven’t calculated the total for the month.
What does this mean for residents?
Forget what you knew about mosquitoes; things have changed. The common Southern house mosquitoes and the invasive Aedes mosquitoes are changing the way we live.
We can expect:
- Increased risk of new diseases like dengue and chikungunya
- More Aedes mosquitoes inside our homes
- Possibly a worse situation with more Aedes populations in more communities next year
There is a solution…and it’s easy
Dump out all water in containers. El Niño is expected to produce a lot of rain in the next few months. While the rain will be a relief, it can bring with it a lot of headaches (and bites!). Everyone should dump out any standing water after every rain.
Mosquitoes need standing water to complete their life cycle. If you remove that water source, then you are saving yourself and your family from mosquito bites later.