Mosquitoes down, less testing positive for West Nile

Little news is good news for the mosquito population in Erie County this year.

After months of collecting and testing mosquitoes in 15 traps throughout Erie County, the environmental director at the Erie County Health Department said it was a quiet year for West Nile Virus.

Karen Tobin said two mosquito pools in Millcreek Township and one dead bird tested positive for West Nile.

Tobin also said in past years, around a hundred mosquitoes were trapped in a 24-hour period. This year, she said less than 10 were found in most of the traps all season.

Tobin said, "There were fewer mosquitoes around. We had less calls from people complaining about mosquito problems. We really believe the number of mosquitoes were down. We did not have a lot of standing water throughout this summer. It was pretty dry in area we usually have a lot of water and standing water locations."

The final week the county will be trapping mosquitoes is the last week in September.

Tobin also reminding everyone to continue to protect yourself from mosquitoes because warm weather is still possible.


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