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Fewer biters out this week

Bloody annoyances.

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Bloody annoyances.

Brandon's latest mosquito counts show that the annoying little insects are on the decline.

An average of 60 mosquitoes were caught in city traps on Sunday, with an average of 135 caught on Monday — down from 246 and 149 that were nabbed a week ago.

However, the city's AFA number remains steady at 12, the same as last week. The Adulticiding Factor Analysis takes other factors into account, including weather forecasts and mosquito lifecycles, to help determine if the city will fog to kill adult mosquitoes with malathion.

An AFA level of 12 is considered to be in the medium range of the 18-point scale. Fogging guidelines say that the malathion trucks are only sent out if the range is 15 or higher for two weeks in a row, if the average number of mosquitoes trapped is more than 1,000 or if any one trap catches more than 2,000 mosquitoes.

That looks unlikely in the near future. The city says that there is very little larvae activity spotted at test sites, minimizing the likelihood of an adult mosquito outbreak.

The city may of course fog if ordered to by the province, for example to combat West Nile Virus, however there are no current plans to do so although malathion is in stock and trucks are ready to go.

People who want a buffer zone around their property in the event of fogging should apply in advance. With name, address, phone number and proof of residency, they can apply for a buffer zone in person or in writing, and a medical certificate is not required.

Buffer zone applications are available online at brandon.ca or people can call 204-729-2148. Buffer zones do not apply if health-related fogging is ordered by the province.

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I'm sorry, but this is ridiculous! Just came in from my backyard and believe you me the skeeters are not "on the decline". Not hardly!

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