Mosquitos: Efforts to find a solution

Well, the pests seem to have retreted a bit as days and nights are cooler, but the efforts to eliminate a repeat of this year’s plague are continuing. Below is a kind of a timeline and excerpts of ongoing dialogues that we all hope will lead to some effective remedial actions to reduce or even eliminate the miserable intrusion of clouds of mosqitoes into our life.

  • The type of mosquito that is pestering us has been identified, and it’s not pretty:

This fromĀ Jill Hatfield P.Ag
Regional Agrologist
BC Minisrty of Agriculture

…our entomologist, Tracy Hueppelsheuser, sent you the email (below)…
From the information below it looks like your area is perfect habitat for this particular pest.

+++ Ae. (Oc) dorsalis and melanimon are very similar species producing up to two generations a year in saline pools and flooded pastures in the interior of the Province. Ae. dorsalis is also found in coastal salt marshes around the Georgia Strait and south to CA. It is known to feed on birds occasionally.

  • Understanding our adversary…
  • If you read more about this type of mosquito you’ll notice that it is around full of life and bite from March until FREEZING. I could have sworn that I saw a few of themĀ  last Winter in Kye Bay
  • Comox Council met on September 3 and had Rosalin Creed’s letter on the agenda. A Video of the Council meeting can eventually be viewed here. (Posting delayed because of vacation.)
  • Testing on the Kye Bay swamp to begin, initiated by Comox.
  • Sieffert’s mosquito samples were mailed to the Abbotsford entomologist on Sept. 8. Sieffert’shad difficulty retaining their workers this summer, because they were being eaten alive by mosquitoes while working in the fields.
  • A dialogue continues with Kathie, the intrepid mosquito sample catcher and initiator of the effort to get some action on this problem.
    Barbara Price writes briefly:
    “At the last council (Regional District) meeting when it came up, the mayor said staff were working on the issue and going to produce a report. I asked that the Central Saanich Integrated Pest Management Report be part of it to see if it’s something we could do here. Al Fraser, Comox Parks, is part of that work. [The Kye Bay swamp] looks like a likely spot. Fisheries need to be part of the picture also”
  • Scary story about the effects of mosquitoes in the New York Times:
    Mosquito-Borne Viruses Hit Japan and the U.S.

If you have a story to illustrate the impact the mosquito plague has had on your life this summer, or any time, please add your comment to this post. Better yet, if your business has been impacted or your and your kids couldn’t play outside, write to the Regional District or Comox Town about it. Let’s keep the momentum going and get a plan in place to combat this pest next year.

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  1. Thank you for addressing this problem. Our cottage rental income was effected by the mosquito plague that hit Kye Bay this year. Last year we saw an increase in the nasty bugs and noticed that those who were concerned did not re-book this year. This summer I pre-warned any guests we had arriving to bring repellent and we supplied a stock as well as after bite however I am concerned that many who came to enjoy will think twice about re-booking next year due to the fact they could not enjoy being outside unless it was low tide and they could locate themselves far away from the shoreline. Even their dogs were being bitten.
    As a family we also try to squeeze in some time at the cottage but opted not to this year due to the mosquitos and the unpleasant after effects we were left with after the first few days of summer.
    We believe the lagoon out front of our property is largely to blame and support the ongoing efforts by the community to address this problem so we can get back to enjoying the recreational property that we pay generous taxes on to the town of Comox.
    Leanne, Bill and Gracie Stegall
    483 Windslow Rd

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