WHITE CITY, Ore. — Standing pools of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and are home to larva in their early stages. For more than a month, Jackson County Vector Control has been going around and treating areas like before the problem gets out of hand.
Jackson County Vector Control made a stop at one of several thousand areas of standing water they monitor over the summertime. When needed, the water is treated for mosquito larva which began popping up as early as March.
Droughts do have impacts on mosquitoes, but less water doesn’t necessarily mean fewer mosquitoes.
“The water that’s available tends to be better habitat because it’s lower and standing,” said Jackson County Vector Control Manager Jim Lunders.
On top of that, drought years are typically warmer, leading to more mosquitoes in a year.
“The hotter it is, the quicker their life cycle is so, you could have more generations of mosquitoes in a year because of it being warmer,” said Lunders.
Vector control’s goal is to control the mosquitoes before they are adults. Once they do become adults, they are also monitored, and updates on any potential health risks are relayed to the department of health and human services.
“They will let us know if they see West Nile in a mosquito pool or rising in chickens. Then we can get an idea of what our population is at risks for,” said Jim Shames with Jackson County Health and Human Services.
Any standing pool of water could potentially be a source for mosquito larva and officials urge homeowners to do their part.
“It’s really important people be conscious of buckets and pool covers and things like that in their backyards so they can help us control those mosquitoes,” said Lunders.
Jackson County Vector Control officials said it’s difficult to forecast what a mosquito season will be like every year, but are able to analyze the data as months and seasons move on.