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Not expecting bad summer for mosquitoes in Lethbridge

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It’s that time of year when mosquitoes start to ruin our outdoor fun, however Lethbridge’s mosquito technician doesn’t expect things to be too bad this summer.

Ron Esau tells My Lethbridge even with rain in the forecast this week, mosquitoes shouldn’t be much of an issue here. “May and June are really the months we’re most worried about and we are already half way through June. Even with the rain this weekend I don’t think things will get too bad this year.”

Esau says he’s been spraying for mosquitoes around local lakes and ponds for a few weeks now to try and mitigate any potential concerns heading into summer. He uses a spray called Vectobac. “It’s a bacteria called BTI. I throw it into the water when I see mosquito larvae. A lot of the places I’ve been going to have been sort of marsh lands down in the river valley. It’s been pretty dry up top.”

Esau notes after a heavy rain mosquitoes will usually come out within 8 to 10 days. He says the good thing is there really hasn’t been any standing water this spring and that will help mitigate any potential problems this summer with the little pests.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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