10 Worst Places in Canada for Mosquitoes
We asked you to nominate the mosquito capital of Canada-and you delivered! Here’s the buzz on the worst places in Canada for mosquitoes according to the readers of Reader’s Digest.
1. Komarno, Manitoba
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Komarno, Manitoba, embraces its reputation as Canada's most popular destination-for mosquitoes. Located 70 kilometres north of Winnipeg, the town's name actually means "mosquito infested" in Ukrainian. While no official statistics exist to support (or refute) Komarno's claim to fame, they've taken the title into their own hands-a 4.6-metre statue of a mosquito was erected in 1984.
2. Calgary, Alberta
Mosquitoes have a love-hate relationship with Cowtown. In 2013, prolonged rainy conditions created the perfect conditions a mosquito baby boom. Luckily, the city got a respite in 2015-a hot, dry summer took a serious bite out of the mosquito population.
3. Parkhill, Ontario
This pretty town in southwestern Ontario was branded "Skeeterville" in 2011 thanks to an invasion of hungry mosquitoes. Residents reported that the bugs appeared in thick clouds, and few bare arms or legs made it through the evenings unscathed.
4. The Yukon
Never underestimate how far north mosquitoes will venture when they've got a hankering for a tasty human treat. Mandy Wilson, a Reader's Digest Facebook follower from Victoria, British Columbia, pinpoints the Yukon as a mosquito hotspot. "They're just brutal up there," she says.
5. Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario
This national park on the northern shore of Lake Superior proved an itchy nightmare for Lucie Page. "Mosquitoes were in our eyes, ears, nose, mouth... I had six bites on one eyelid. I counted 42 bites around one ankle alone," she says. "We normally take pictures [on our vacations], but bugs were in all our photos, smashed in our lenses, trying to get to our eyeballs." Yikes!
6. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Sometimes you've got to take the bad with the good. Surrounded by picture-perfect wilderness, the city of Yellowknife (nominated by Reader's Digest reader Bart Burtnyk) is an irresistible lure not only nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, but also winged pests searching for their next meal.
7. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Everyone loves Cape Breton, including (according to reader Beanie Jessome), mosquitoes. During the summer of 2014, Andrew Hebda, zoology curator of the Museum of Natural History, told the CBC that the region's mosquitoes were breeding fast and furious thanks to a heat wave. Dwindling numbers of natural predators like brown bats, barn swallows and chimney swifts also caused the skeeter population to skyrocket.
8. Baker Lake, Nunavut
Michelle Arnasungaaq and Martee Martha nominated Baker Lake in Nunavut as magnet for bloodthirsty mosquitoes. Blame the high population of skeeters on the area's abundance of fresh water, but don't let the bugs put you off from visiting-the town sits on the lip of a picturesque lake surrounded by breathtaking northern tundra.
9. Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
T.J. Hansen, a Reader's Digest Facebook follower from Markham, Ontario, says the mosquitoes he encountered in Portage la Prairie were unusually irritating. "They seemed bigger and they wouldn't go away," he says. In 2012 and 2015, the city underwent a malathion fogging program to quell the number of the pests carrying West Nile Virus.
10. Holberg, British Columbia
Reader Farrah Pierce says that her Vancouver Island community of Holberg, British Columbia, is another popular dining destination for mosquitoes. With its abundant rainfall and dense forests, the pretty hamlet (population 200) is the ideal hangout for mozzies.
How to beat the biters
Don't let mosquitoes deter you from visiting any of the see-worthy Canadian destinations that made this list! When travelling, consider wearing light coloured, long-sleeved shirts, full pants and closed shoes when mosquitoes are most active (typically at dawn and dusk). Steer clear of standing water-the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes-and use an insect repellent formulated for use on humans.