Jay Michael

BRANDON — Finally, in July, the weather turned and the rain subsided to a more normal level and the Otter Creek went back in its banks. For the month of July, the BLSG pursued the area mosquitoes both as larvae and adults. The larvae sampling continued for seven days in July collecting samples from 85 sites. The “dip counts” were low to zero in many sites, which was encouraging.  However, there were counts of 50 or more larvae, per dip, in two locations in Brandon and 20 or more larvae were found in Mud Pond in Leicester and Spring Pond in Brandon. Pomanville in Pittsford also had a larvae...
BRANDON – The rain finally let up and the area enjoyed four of the finest days in memory. The fields are drying and the Otter Creek is receding. Larvae counts during early and mid-June were low. Beginning June 22nd and continuing into July several “hot spots” appeared in several towns. In Leicester (Depot Station and Jerusalam Rd), Brandon (Syndicate Rd, Champlain St) , Salisbury (Swamp Rd) and Pittsford (Pomainville Wildlife Management Area, Depot Hill Rd) where they were very high. Those areas were treated by hand with larvicide. While the dry weather has reduce the wet nesting and hatching...
With June just ended, the second quarter of 2019 will likely test the record books for rain. While n o t as severe as April, which saw essentially double the average rainfall, May and June continued to be well above average. Even though Otter Creek is within its banks, the wetlands are still holding an excessive amount of water. Continued large rainfall will perpetuate large mosquito nesting areas. However, the worst of the flooded fields is hopefully, but no guarantees, in the past.  Larvae counts are now generally moderate in most areas, although there were some high counts — 50 to 200...

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