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Mosquito counts stay low

Mosquito numbers remain low in Brandon.

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Mosquito numbers remain low in Brandon.

The latest mosquito counts in Brandon are low.

According to the city, counts on Sunday and Monday were even lower than the week prior, and the numbers are far too low to warrant fogging with malathion.

The city collects and counts mosquitoes at five locations around Brandon; trap counts ranged from a high of 110 mosquitoes caught Sunday at the cemetery to a low of just three mosquitoes nabbed Monday on Canada Crescent.

Mosquitos are counted each Sunday and Monday through the season. The city will fog for nuisance mosquitoes if the citywide average is over 1,000 or if any individual trap catches more than 2,000. It may also fog if ordered by the province, for example to combat West Nile virus.

Along with trap counts, the city conducts an Adulticide Factor Analysis, which takes into account things like the weather forecast and mosquito lifecycles in an attempt to forecast whether fogging will be worthwhile. Fogging will be done if the AFA number reaches 15 or higher (on a scale of 3–18) for two consecutive counts.

The current AFA number is 7, which is considered low.

Trap counts are also tallied in an interactive map by the Brandon Sun, at bdnsun.ca/SkeeterMap.

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