So far we have been trapping for about 3 months now in locations throughout the City of Plano. We have seen very low numbers of mosquitos in our traps which is very encouraging. The general line of thinking here is that with the number of hard freezes that we had this winter, coupled with a moderate spring and seemingly later start to the hot weather, this summer has pushed the mosquito season back by a little bit. The numbers we are catching now are what we typically see early in May. But this doesn’t mean that we can keep our guard down! Always be using the 4 D’s (Dress, Dawn/Dusk, Defend, Drain) while outdoors to minimize the risk for West Nile virus.
A few quick notes: We are starting to place some of our CDC light traps out to get a general idea of what comprises the total mosquito population area as far as different species are concerned. The trap that we use to collect the mosquito that could potentially carry WNV is known as a gravid trap, designed to catch egg laying females. The light traps are designed to catch a more wide variety of mosquitos because it doesn’t rely on female mosquitos coming in to lay eggs. It uses CO2 and a light source to attract mosquitos into the net.
As always if you have any questions about the City of Plano’s intergrated mosquito management plan, concerns for mosquitos in your area or would like to know more, please check out www.plano.gov .