Volume 8, 1 (Week 18)
The photo above is from a 10 acre site at the Portsmouth
landfill. Average water depth 8 inches April 1, 2009.
|The Buzz is a monthly summary used to
disseminate important information about mosquitoes and mosquito
control in the City of Portsmouth.
Rain and warm temperatures have helped jump start the 2009
mosquito season. Staff are doing everything we can to manage the
mosquito populations. However, with all of the recent rain and
staff reductions mosquito populations will increase rapidly over
the next few weeks.
Mosquito Control has not been immune to budget cuts. To date
we have seen the elimination of 1 full time employee and
furloughs of 56 hrs for the remaining full time staff, a
total of 224 hrs from March-May 2009.
Surveillance and Control
Surveillance activities this
year have been confined to breeding site
inspections. In March 192 breeding site
inspections were done. In April 381 breeding
site inspections were done. Over the last two
weeks we have found more sites breeding
All control efforts will be
prioritized and directed to the worst areas of
mosquito breeding. We are currently focusing our
efforts at the 10 acre site located at the
Mosquito trapping efforts
will begin in the next few weeks.
Please note that there will
be no mosquito spraying conducted the weeks of
May 9-17 and May 23-31 as a result of the
staffing cuts and furlough policy.
How will the budget cuts will impact the mosquito
The remaining staff will
continue to do everything possible to manage
mosquito populations. Based on past data
mosquito populations are expected to regularly
exceed our current program capacity. Treatment
schedules will be prioritized to treat the worst
The mosquito hotline will not
be updated daily, updates will only be completed
when spray activities will occur.
The Buzz will not be sent out
each week, for 2009 The Buzz will only be
distributed once a month.
Staff will not be available to conduct property
inspections and or investigate all mosquito
complaint calls. Mosquito complaint calls will
be logged into the system and reviewed for
trends as time allows.
Mosquito Trapping efforts will start later in
the season (end of May) and fewer traps will be
set each week thought the season.
Only two to three sprayers
will be maintained this season (This will
increase the time need to spray all 9 spray
routes to 4 days minimum).