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Mosquito counts down, no plans for further fogging

A good mosquito: A dead one.

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A good mosquito: A dead one.

With mosquito counts down this week, the city says there are no current plans for another round of spraying.

Trap counts from Sunday and Monday this week ranged from just 19 (on Sunday, at the cemetery) to a high of 732 (the next day, also at the cemetery) but were overall not high enough to trigger a new round of fogging with malathion.

See the trap counts:

The Brandon Sun has a continually updated animated map of mosquito count data at bdnsun.ca/SkeeterMap.

The city collects mosquitoes at five locations. There was a city-wide average of just 45 mosquitoes collected on Sunday, with a city-wide average of 280 on Monday. The average has to be above 1,000 to trigger spraying, or a single trap has to collect more than 2,000 mosquitoes.

Spraying is also triggered if the city's adulticide factor analysis, which incorporates weather forecasts and mosquito life cycle data, rises to a level of 15 or higher, on a scale from 6–18.

The current AFA level is 11, which is considered medium.

Although the city refuses to release buffer zone maps, individual residents can call and find out if their own home is in a buffer zone. The Brandon Sun is collecting those responses into a crowdsourced map.

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