Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
What a difference one year can make.
Less than favorable conditions have kept the typically annoying mosquito population in check thus far during 2013 and no change is expected in the coming weeks.
“It’s been dry and windy lately and those conditions are stressing to everything, including people, plants and insects,” said Patrick Beebe, director of the Orange County Mosquito Control District.
The difference in mosquito population from this time in 2012 to 2013 is almost night and day.
“At this time last year I was asking the Orange County Commissioners for another $100,000 in funding for aerial treatments and another $6,000 in additional funding for wages,” Beebe added.
According to information provided by Beebe to the Orange County Commissioners during its regular weekly meeting held on Monday, the Orange County Mosquito Control District received 48 requests for service from county residents during the month of May. That number nearly vanished in June as the district only received four calls for service.
The district performed 88 ground treatments during the month of May, which covered approximately 88,854 acres in the county. In June, the district performed 90 ground treatments covering approximately 81,490 acres.
During the month of May, the Orange County Mosquito Control District performed 12 aerial sprayings across the county which treated approximately 35,200 acres. The number of spraying decreased significantly in June due to dry and windy conditions as only two aerial sprayings were performed covered approximately 5,120 acres.
“We are having a low period in mosquito activity right now, but all it takes is one big rain event or a tropical storm,” Beebe said. “Then we will be in a different situation.”