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Mosquitoes descend on Lower Mainland

07/21/2015 08:30 EDT | Updated 07/21/2016 05:59 EDT
The hot and dry weather across most of B.C.has kept one of summer's most annoying insects - the mosquito - at bay. But in a least one region in the Lower Mainland, the whining insects have arrived in droves.

Kristin Crouch said mosquitos have laid seige to her patch of a community garden in Ladner.

"It was like all the mosquitoes were done university," Crouch said. "And go get your kill."

Crouch first noticed the insects at her home Sunday morning. Later, at the community garden, the mosquitoes were everywhere.

Mosquitoes besiege gardener

"I'm in long pants, I've got socks on, I put long sleeves on and I have some organic bug repellent on, but I don't find it works very well," she said.

A combination of agricultural runoff in Delta and Richmond coupled with the prolonged hot spell have made for ideal mosquito breeding grounds.

Carl Lowenberger, a Simon Fraser University entomologist and parasitologis, said some types of mosquitos can live in dirty water, such as runoff. But the conditions -- still water and hot weather -- must be just right, he added..

Lowenberger said some mosquito species - such as a species called Culex - can live in dirty water. That species is often found in Richmond and Delta, he added. "When we see agricultural or water runoff, we often see populations of those (types of mosquitos) coming out," he said.

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