Canada’s warmest winter in 69 years means prime conditions for an early mosquito season. The insects develop more rapidly in warmer temperatures because they are cold-blooded. Officials warn of West-Nile Virus and the Zika Virus when traveling outside North America, but that requires blood contact to be transmitted.
Environmental Health Officer at Northern Health, Daisy Tam, says there is little concern to the public, but it is still important to prevent any harmful exposure. “Wear insect repellent when you’re out, avoid dusk and dawn, and wear clothing that is usually light and long-sleeved. You should do anything you can to cover your skin so that there is less access for the mosquito to bite.”