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Warm weather bringing out the mosquitos

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Winnipeggers should expect to see an emergence of adult nuisance‎ mosquitos in three to five days.

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‎Warm spring weather in Winnipeg has sped up the development of summer nuisance mosquitos.

Insect-control superintendent Ken Nawolsky said Winnipeggers should expect to see an emergence of adult nuisance‎ mosquitos in three to five days, depending on the weather.

The nuisance mosquito is Aedes vexans, a species that causes an annoying bite but is not known to transmit diseases to people.

Nawolsky said it will join existing populations of overwintering adult mosquitos and spring mosquitos, which belong to other species.

Mosquito trap counts, however, remain very low: three ‎is the city-wide average today.

The city is continuing to treat bodies of standing water with larvicides to mitigate the coming emergence of adult mosquitos, Nawolsky said.

He also said cankerworms won't be out in big numbers this spring and Winnipeggers need not worry about midges, which do not bite, or ants, which are beneficial, ecologically.

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