Town Treats Island Park After Hearing Complaints About Pesky Mosquitoes
Island Park residents have complained about a large population of mosquitoes in the area.
The Portsmouth Department of Public Works (DPW) began treating catch basins after receiving several mosquito complaints from residents in the north end of town.
However, town officials say the mosquito population is "as expected" this year.
"The mosquito population is as anticipated," said David Kehew, DPW director. "We had a high moon tide around the 4th, this coupled with the warm weather is the first round of the adult salt marsh mosquitoes.
"Public works has treated the catch basins and road side drainage ditches throughout town. We treat approximately 2,800 catch basins each year, and still need to treat approximately 200 more basins on the south end of town."
According to Kehew, each year the town hires a pest control company to inspect and treat the "problem areas" in town. Narragansett Pest Control treated problem areas earlier this week.
The treatment is effective, however it does not help with adult mosquitoes, Kehew said. The typical lifespan of an adult mosquito is two weeks.
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