On Friday, July 18, 2014, Dragon Mosquito Control’s owner reported the following:
“We’ve spent the last two weeks treating salt marshes with a Bacillus bacterium to control mosquito larvae. Heavy rain on the 4th of July flooded the marshes which prompted larval control efforts. Last week, the salt marshes were flooded by high tides prompting back to back treatments to control mosquitoes. We saw very high numbers of mosquito larvae in the stagnant pools on the marshes. Our surveillance program shows heavy populations of Coquillettidia perturbans. This species is making a comeback after 3 or 4 down years. They come out in droves at night, are highly attracted to porch lights and will readily enter your home. They are the mosquito that drives you inside during a warm July evening. We’re seeing plenty of deer flies, greenhead flies, and no-see-ums too so it feels very buggy out there. Samples of mosquitoes caught in Hampton are sent to the State Lab in Concord for disease testing. None of those mosquitoes have tested positive to date. The State will continue testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis until October. In the meantime, crews are out at night fogging along the roadways to reduce the mosquito population and thereby reduce the risk of disease.”
Hampton residents should be aware that conditions this past winter and spring made for a great incubation environment for the mosquitoes. Spraying marshes and swamps, and treating the storm drains (Larviciding) are the most effective ways of controlling the mosquito population, both from the standpoints of numbers and of cost. However, no method, including the very popular (and more expensive) road-side spraying (Adulticiding), will eradicate all mosquitoes. There are several areas where Adulticiding is not allowed by the State, or not wanted by residents. This spraying will only kill the mosquitoes it contacts, and the distance it travels can vary depending on the breeze and the atmospheric conditions. It is also not done on a regular schedule, but is based on mosquito surveillance data (light traps set in 4 locations in Hampton), disease test results, and weather conditions. So it is still incumbent on individuals to use common-sense precautions to avoid being bitten: long sleeves & pants, insect repellents, draining anything containing water outdoors, and only spot-watering plants & yards. Mosquitos love damp gardens, standing water, and some people more than others!
Contact for Dragon Mosquito Control: Info@DragonMosquito.com
Contact for HMCC: 603-926-8538