Mosquito season unaffected by winter, medical officer says

The long, cold winter will not affect the mosquito population in Windsor-Essex, says the local medical officer of health.

Windsor Essex County Health Unit urging people to remove standing water now

The long, cold winter will not affect the mosquito population in Windsor-Essex, says the local medical officer of health. (File Photo)

The long, cold winter will not affect the mosquito population in Windsor-Essex, says the local medical officer of health.

"Mosquito consultants did some looking for mosquitoes earlier in the season, after a fairly hard winter, and they didn't have any difficulty finding them," said Dr. Allen Heimann of the Windsor Essex County Health Unit. "The mosquitoes overwinter quite well. They're very adaptable in finding nice places to spend the winter."

Close to $130,000 will be spent locally this year, trying to control mosquitoes. The province pays 75 per cent of that total.

Heimann says a meeting between municipal partners to review the mosquito control program for this year is currently being scheduled.

Heimann says it will be similar to last year, including a larvaciding program.

In 2013, five human cases of West Nile virus were reported locally.

Heimann says it's difficult to predict what the West Nile virus season will bring this year.

He is advising people to start their spring cleaning around their residences to mitigate the risk of West Nile virus.

"Take precautions, which include making sure your house and yard is not mosquito friendly," he said. "Remove standing water from any areas, including pails, pools, birdbaths and eaves."

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