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Forecast calls for fog: City races to spray malathion ahead of rain

City crews spray malathion along Louise Avenue near 12th Street earlier this month. A third round of spraying is scheduled for tonight.

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City crews spray malathion along Louise Avenue near 12th Street earlier this month. A third round of spraying is scheduled for tonight.

With three days of showers in the immediate forecast, the city of Brandon will double its anti-mosquito efforts tonight.

The city announced early this after that the entire city — both north and south of Victoria Avenue — would be fogged with the pesticide malathion starting at 10 p.m. tonight.

Normally, only half the city is done at one time. Tonight, though, they are doing it all; there will be two trucks running in the north half of the city and two in the south.

The city says that they've managed to do a full city-wide spray in past years, and they hope to have it all wrapped up by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Environment Canada is calling for a 60 per cent chance of showers tomorrow morning, with showers and a possible thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon. Friday and Saturday will also see cloudy skies and a chance of showers.

Malathion can only be sprayed when the weather conditions are right — that includes low winds, proper temperatures and no rain.

People who would like to not be fogged can apply for a buffer zone around their homes. Buffer zones from malathion rounds earlier this year will be honoured, but applications have to be renewed annually. Anyone who would like to apply for a new buffer zone has until 7 p.m. Details are at brandon.ca/mosquito.

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