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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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Wet June in southern Alberta means mosquito problems for a few weeks

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Lethbridge’s Mosquito Technician has been busy the past few weeks treating standing water on lakes and ponds around the city.

We’ve seen some fairly wet weather the past while, over 50 mm for the month of June in Lethbridge alone, and that’s kept Ron Esau on his toes.

He says the mosquito issues here shouldn’t be as bad as the Calgary region which has experienced a great deal of flooding from several storms in recent days.

Easu is hopeful though, the mosquito concerns here will be much less by mid-July. “Now here with all this rainfall over the past week there will be a lot of areas to treat. The good news is we are already almost past the rainy season. Things should get better late into July and August.”

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Esau says as we move along through summer, be cautious and protect yourself against mosquito bites. He notes once we get into the mid-summer, that’s when concerns about West Nile Virus start to surface.

“They’re (mosquitoes) often out more during those hot days and so we really ask people, as the summer goes on, to be careful. Wear long sleeves, long pants, light-coloured clothing, use repellent, and in your yards keep the grass trimmed and drain any puddles,” says Esau.

Esau says usually 7 to 10 days after rains like we’ve had is when the biting bugs will be out and about. He says places outside the city limits and in rural areas where there is taller grass and more standing water is where mosquitoes will be most active.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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