2007 News Releases
City commences 2007 nuisance mosquito control activities
WINNIPEG - April 26, 2007- The City of Winnipeg announced today the commencement of its surveillance and larviciding control activities for the upcoming nuisance mosquito control season.
The City of Winnipeg's Mosquito Control Program for 2007 will continue to be based on the more environmentally-friendly Insect Control Strategy passed by Council in 2005, namely
All of these measures are targeted at keeping the adult nuisance mosquito population at a level that is tolerable for the citizens of Winnipeg.
Surveillance and larviciding of smaller water sites in and around Winnipeg began this week. With the onset of warmer weather, we anticipate increasing our staffing levels next week for ground and aerial-based larviciding activities.
Mosquito larviciding targets mosquito larvae in the aquatic stage before they emerge as adults and is the most effective and environmentally-friendly approach to controlling mosquitoes. Biological products will continue to be used in environmentally-sensitive areas such as residential areas, playgrounds, parks, bee hives, etc.
The City will continue to monitor and test other biocontrol measures such as rearing, releasing and relocating dragonflies and damselflies; and the introduction of fathead minnows into storm retention ponds and other appropriate water bodies.
Fogging will be initiated only when the requirements of both the city policy, utilizing the AFA (Adulticiding Factor Analysis) Guidelines, and the provincial pesticide use permit are met. If fogging is required, the program will be carried out in the entire City (buffer zones respected), prioritizing first for areas with highest nuisance mosquito populations. For details on the AFA factors, please refer to the Insect Control website at Winnipeg.ca/bugline
Property owners who wish to register as "Buffer Zone Registrants" for both the cankerworm and/or adult mosquito control program are encouraged to contact the Insect Control Branch in writing. A minimum 48-hour turnaround time is required for processing so residents are encouraged to begin registering for the 2007 season, in the event that fogging is required.
The Insect Control Branch has made extensive changes during the off season in enhancing its public education system including:
Property owners are also encouraged to help "Fight the Bite" by taking one of the following steps to eliminate standing water on their properties:
Dump It! - containers
Interested individuals may acquire more information by contacting the City's Bugline at 311 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by visiting the City's Insect Control website at Winnipeg.ca/bugline.
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