Q. How often do you spray my route?
A. We monitor each spray route by setting mosquito traps three nights during the week. We count and identify mosquitoes that are caught in the trap, and when 25 mosquitoes are trapped in one night, we target that area for spraying. We also take landing rate counts, where we count mosquitoes that land on our body within one minute. If five or more mosquitoes land within one minute, we will spray the area.
Q. I live next to a lake. Are mosquitoes coming from there?
A. Usually only a few mosquitoes come from well established lakes or pond, because natural predators such as fish usually eat the larval mosquitoes before they mature. It’s possible mosquitoes are growing in areas where the lake has overflowed its banks, where water stays behind and there could be pockets of water left over that will stay wet long enough to produce mosquitoes.