This year nature reminded us about the correlation between water and mosquitoes. Now that the drought is over, mosquito populations are plentiful.
With all of the reports from residents, I arrived at our laboratory today like a character in a horror movie, ready to fight the swarm of creatures that escaped from their traps, eager for a blood meal from me.
I found none.
Well, I did find creatures, but the lifeless mosquitoes just lay in petri dishes under microscopes while the ecologists identified and counted them.
The statistically valid conclusion from our scientific staff is, it's springtime in a non-drought year.
Ample rainfall, for the first year in several, has led to ample mosquito populations.
As I write, our technicians are busy preventing and controlling mosquitoes. We appreciate the calls from residents to help us pinpoint their locations. And we appreciate all help in dumping standing water to prevent future populations.
Drought or not, mosquito control matters.
Public Affairs Manager
Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control
May 5, 2017