Richmond County Mosquito Control and Phinizy Center for Water Sciences has partnered each year to trap mosquitoes at sites across the county and identify the species. The data helps determine locations of disease-carrying mosquitoes so the county can more efficiently control the populations.
Currently Mosquito Control has identified 23 different species of mosquitoes in Richmond County and just like people, they are all different. Each species is out at different times of the day, has different habitats, bites different areas of the body and carries different types of diseases. The trapping and the identification is very important in order for us to have a better idea of what we are looking for and how to fight against it.
At the Phinizy Center research lab, scientists peer through microscopes to identify species. Legs, body part lengths, shapes, color patterns and proboscis, or the needle that a mosquito uses to suck blood, help identify one species from another.
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We have already started treating the 20,000 storm drains in the county in anticipation of the spring rains to help curb the mosquito population. This will occur 4 times a year.
Mosquitoes and mosquito larvae will make their home in the storm drains during the winter season. They will then be ready to start hatching and feeding as soon as the temperature goes above 62 degrees for a few days.