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City expects mosquito surge

A dead mosquito.

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A dead mosquito. (FILE)

First floods, then pestilence, isn't that how it goes?

The city of Brandon — with staff stretched thin to reinforce dikes as a torrent of water gushes down the Assiniboine River — is also now expecting to have to deal with a significant increase in mosquitoes.

With plenty of moisture on the ground and hot weather in the forecast, the city said today that mosquito counts could increase enough to trigger a fogging program in the near future.

They remind residents that if they would like a buffer zone around their homes, they need to register ahead of time with the city's community services department. Buffer zones extend for 90 metres on either side of a property's front street. Side streets and back lanes are excluded.

Buffer zones can be registered on the city's website at brandon.ca/mosquito or at the city's parks offices on McGregor Avenue. Properties have to be re-registered every year.

The latest mosquito counts were fairly low, since they were collected during last weekend's rain. The city says that new trap counts are expected by the middle of next week.

» The Brandon Sun has updated numbers in our "Trap Map"

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