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April 22, 2021

Insect Control Update #1

City starts mosquito larviciding program

Released: 9:33 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg will begin this year’s insect control season on Monday, April 26 focusing on a targeted, environmentally friendly mosquito larviciding program which is the most effective approach to control mosquitoes. Larviciding targets mosquito larvae in the aquatic stage before they emerge as adults.

“With the below normal fall and winter precipitation received over the last 6 months, there is a smaller amount of standing water compared to normal. A routine larviciding program in anticipated as the mosquitoes have begun to hatch in the water,” said Ken Nawolsky, Superintendent of Insect Control.

This season’s mosquito control program will continue to be based on an environmentally mindful strategy. Employees working in the Insect Control Branch will carry-out the key components of the mosquito control program including:

  • A 100% biorational larviciding program using ground equipment and four helicopters
  • Monitoring and treating over 28,000 hectares of water area on an ongoing basis based on weather conditions
  • Monitoring for adult nuisance mosquitoes in New Jersey Light Traps beginning April 30, 2021 with the first trap counts posted on May 3, 2021 on the Insect Control website
  • Adult mosquito treatments will only be initiated when the requirements of the City policy, the AFA Guidelines, and the Provincial Pesticide Use Permit are met. If nuisance mosquito treatment is required, the program will be carried out using DeltaGard 20EW®. Areas with highest nuisance mosquito populations will be prioritized and 90 meter buffer zones will be respected. A 24-hour public notice will be issued prior to the start of a nuisance treatment program. Daily public notices will also be issued detailing where treatment will occur that night.

Larviciding with helicopters

In accordance with Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Division, the City operates under a special flight operations certificate which allows the City to use contracted helicopters to apply larvicides at low altitudes. When larviciding is occurring in places where people congregate (e.g. athletic fields, larger parks, golf courses etc.), public access will be restricted to these areas 20 minutes before and during treatment. The Insect Control Branch will try to minimize disruption to the public in the areas impacted by posting signage which indicates the date and time of the planned treatment approximately 24 hours in advance of treatment, treating as early as possible in the morning, and using longer lasting larvicides to limit the number of applications required over the season.

Buffer zones

Property owners not wanting DeltaGard 20EW® applied on or adjacent to their principal residence may register as “Anti-Pesticide Registrants” for the adult nuisance mosquito treatment program. Those who want to register must provide identification that ties the registrant to the address being registered for a buffer zone. A photocopy or scanned document such as a driver’s licence or utility bill will suffice as acceptable identification proving primary residence. Please remember that a 72-hour turnaround time is required.

The in-person option of registering is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Buffer zone applications will still be received by:

Do your part

Property owners are also encouraged to eliminate standing water on their properties by taking one of the following steps:

  • Dump It! - containers
  • Drain It! - eavestroughing or unused containers
  • Cover It! - rain water collection containers
  • Fill It! - low-lying areas
  • Treat It! - biological larvicide

Register for notification

The Insect Control Branch offers an automated telephone and email notification system. Residents who register for this service will receive daily phone or email notifications for all adult mosquito control activities. Residents can register for notification online or by contacting 311.

More information

For more information, contact 311or visit the City’s Insect Control website.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a grass fire near Beaverhill Blvd

Released: 6:04 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 3:34 p.m. on April 22, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a grass fire near Beaverhill Boulevard and Willowlake Crescent. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered a fire in a grassy area around the Seine River.

Crews used specialized wildland-urban interface equipment, including the WFPS Bison, to attack the fire. The WFPS drone was deployed to provide situational awareness, as grass fires tend to spread over larger areas quickly.

The fire was under control at 4:52 p.m.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Residents are reminded that burning yard waste, garbage, or scrap material is prohibited within city limits. As well, fires cannot be started, even with a proper fire permit, if wind speeds and/or gusts exceed 25 km/h.

It is also important that residents never dispose of smoking materials in any sort of vegetation or from vehicle windows, and butts should also never be put out in planter pots.

To protect businesses and homes from grass and brush fires, proper landscaping and vegetation management are important, particularly when conditions are dry. This includes thinning and pruning vegetation, removing trees and converting to fire-resistant plants, and general cleanup of brush, leaves, grass, and debris. Watering plants and vegetation in the area surrounding your home is also important, particularly in the first 10 meters around the home.

Other strategies include storing firewood at least 10 meters away from structures, and ensuring approved outdoor fire receptacles are in an open area away from overhanging vegetation. The City also has a set of guidelines regarding outdoor fire receptacles such as fire pits, fire places, and outdoor BBQs. The rules regarding fires within approved outdoor fire receptacles are set out in part 6 of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law.

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