According to the statement made by a Winnipeg bug expert, it happened historically that the risks of getting West Nile virus become extremely high in August in Western Canada.
People like to spend August weekends outdoor and many of them are bitten by mosquitoes.
However, Taz Stuart, a local entomologist, reported that people neglect the use of protective treatments this summer because the number of mosquitos is quite low. In such a way, people increase their risk of becoming ill.
Dry weather conditions have contributed to a small number of mosquitoes, but this is the ideal weather for Culex tarsalis mosquitoes. These bugs carry and transmit West Nile virus.
Bug repellent is the best and the only way to protect oneself from West Nile virus. This kind of mosquito is very dangerous because people do not feel bites. They bite mainly ankles and wrists.
In Stuart’s opinion, the best tips to avoid being bitten by the mosquitoes are to stay inside during sunset and dawn and to cover arms and legs with clothes.