WINNIPEG – Manitoba Health has collected its first samples of West Nile-infected mosquitoes this summer.
The infected mosquitoes were collected during the week of July 20 in a trap in Oakbank, a news release from the provincial government says.
The province believes the number of infected mosquitoes in the area is low and doesn’t warrant an order to spray pesticides, the release said.
Not all mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus and the majority found in Manitoba traps are nuisance bugs, the province said.
Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, which do carry West Nile, showed increased numbers during the week of July 20 increased in several communities in southern Manitoba. However, preliminary numbers for the week of July 27 appear to show dropping numbers of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, health officials said.
Manitoba Health officials say residents can reduce the risk of West Nile virus by:
Mosquito numbers can also be reduced by eliminating standing water near homes. Manitoba Health suggests:
© 2014 Shaw Media