mosquito control

The City of Regina expects a boom in mosquito numbers in just a few days. (CBC)

Mosquito numbers are likely to explode following recent downpours.

The rain has created ideal spots — standing water — for the insects to lay eggs. With just a few days of warm weather, the eggs will hatch.

In Regina, pest control officials say the city expects to exceed its 10 year average of mosquito counts in just a few days.

Residents are being asked to remove standing water from properties, including such places as birdbaths, old tires, and watering cans.

As part of their control program, officials normally monitor about 1,000 sites where mosquitoes are likely to lay eggs, but with all the excess water that number has tripled.