Winnipeg has started it’s annual attack on mosquitoes. The larviciding program will use ground and aircrews to target mosquito larvae in the aquatic stage before they have a chance to develop into adults.
The city will be using four helicopters to treat over 28,000 hectares of water on an on-going basis throughout the season.
Monitoring begins today April 30, 2018, for adult nuisance mosquitoes using light traps situated at various points around Winnipeg and area.
“Although the spring temperatures have been below normal until mid-April, the return to more seasonable temperatures has triggered the hatch of the spring species of mosquitoes in the water. If weather conditions continue to remain dry, a normal spring larviciding program is anticipated,” said Ken Nawolsky, superintendent of insect control.
Fogging programs will once again be used when adult populations increase above certain population numbers. As usual, if fogging is required the public will be notified before the program begins and daily updates will be put out about where crews will be fogging each night
The city will once again allow a property owner who does not want larvicide sprayed on or next to their primary residence to register with them. Proof of primary residence is required such as a drivers licence or utility bill. The city says that it will need up to 72 hours to process requests for buffer zones around specific addresses.
You can register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, in person at 1539 Waverley Street or by writing the Insect Control Branch at 3 Grey Street, Winnipeg MB R2L 1V2.
You can also fax in your information to 311
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