The Buzz on Bugs
Here’s your weekly update on all things mosquitoes. Visit the Buzz on Bugs to keep track of mosquitoes this summer. We use an environmentally friendly and preventative program to control the pesky blood suckers so you can enjoy the outdoors.
The City has 12 traps set up across the city to monitor mosquitos. The city is broken down into six monitoring areas. Each area has two traps. The information you’ll find here is based on the number of mosquitos found in each of the 12 traps on a weekly basis.
There’s good information here. We’ve provided some explanation to understand the numbers. Check out The Buzz.
When we compare mosquito counts, we are talking about averages of the counts found in the City’s 12 traps. The mean is a type of average, which we learned how to calculate in grade school. You add up all the numbers of mosquitoes found in the 12 traps and divide by 12 to get the average (mean count per trap).
The blue line in the graph below shows you information based on mosquito counts in traps since 1986 until the present. It takes the weekly Mean Count per Trap, say between May 1 and May 5 (18th week of the year), and calculates the average of that week for all of the years that the mosquito survey was conducted (1986 to present). This average includes years when there was very little to no mosquito control (1986 – 1992), years when there was a “base” mosquito control program (1993-2003) and years when the mosquito control program was “enhanced” (2004-present).
That’s a lot of math sleuthing, but the graph makes it easier to understand in a visual way.
How are we doing now? The red line on the graph will give you that answer. It shows you the Mean Count per Trap for the current year. Now you can compare this year’s count to the blue line, which is the historical average. When the red line is below the blue line, we are winning the battle against high mosquito numbers. When the red line is above it, we have some more work to do.
This is our third mosquito report for 2018, for week 20.
Map of City Areas with Traps
Counts Within & Outside City Areas
Want to see how your area of town compares to others for mosquito counts per week? Want to see how we’re doing this year compared to last year? Check out this table.
We’ve included weekly mosquito counts from traps set up in each of the City’s six areas. And you’ll find counts from two traps set up outside Regina in rural areas—one north of the City and the other east of it. Now you can determine how we’re doing within the City to control mosquitoes with our pest control program.