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Mosquito monitoring is undertaken by local experts who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life for our community. You can help with this monitoring by reporting bites. The more information we receive, the more we can create an accurate picture which in turn helps with targeting dredging works to minimise the mosquito menace. You can report bites here using our online form, alternatively you can also report bites via the Neston Life Android App and Neston Life Apple App.

Mosquito Control

Whilst it is not possible to eradicate mosquitoes, Neston Town Council is committed to controlling the numbers in an environmentally responsible way.

The Town Council works with partners to implement a co-ordinated plan for mosquito control based on the concept of Open Marsh Water Management. Pool creation and ditching works, all of which are approved in advance by Natural England, are carried out as part of an ongoing and targeted programme, the effects of which are monitored and in turn inform future management.

Mosquito Forecast

Mosquito monitoring is undertaken by local experts who volunteer their time to improve the quality of life for our community. You can help with this monitoring by reporting bites. The more information we receive, the more we can create an accurate picture which in turn helps with targeting dredging works to minimise the mosquito menace. You can report bites here using our online form, alternatively you can also report bites via the Neston Life Android App and Neston Life Apple App.

Green traffic light

The current forecast is GREEN

The weather in the last few days has had conflicting effects on the mosquitoes. The rain has helped sustain the water levels in the breeding pools which now have fewer advanced larvae and pupae than last week, presumably because significant numbers of adults have emerged. However the brisk breeze has dispersed them and coolish temperatures have again limited their activity, saving us from significant biting nuisance. 

The numbers of adults caught in the traps in the area have been very low and so the biting nuisance in the next week should likewise remain low, especially if the weather remains windy and cool. 

However, there are so many advanced larvae nearing emergence on the marshes that one suspects that a surge in adult numbers and biting nuisance will soon follow any significant improvement in the weather.

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Keys to traffic lights forecast

Red:
Serious risk. Many Neston residents are likely to be bitten, especially but not only in the evenings. Precautionary methods as outlined in the FAQs should be used when gardening or enjoying barbecues.

Amber:
Medium risk. Some Neston residents may be bitten, especially on still warm evenings.

Green:
Low risk. Neston residents are unlikely to be bitten.

Feedback on Mosquitoes and the Mosquito Monitoring Programme

Send us feedback on our monitoring reports by emailing us at: mosquitoes@neston.org.uk

Further Reading

A report by Dr. Peter Enevoldson on mosquito monitoring during 2023 is available to download: Mosquito Monitoring 2023.

A copy of the study by Michael Clarkson, Phil Jones and Sandra Hughes‐Crean entitled “Domestic mosquitoes in the Neston area of Cheshire, UK”. This single page PDF summarises the detail and conclusion of a long term study into the mosquitoes on the Dee estuary marshlands around Neston and the immediate surrounding towns and villages. This document is downloadable here.

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