The city of Brandon will fog for mosquitoes on Wednesday and Thursday night.
That comes after updated mosquito counts were done Sunday, Monday and again on Tuesday — with thousands of the buzzing biters caught in some city traps.
Normally, city workers catch and count mosquitoes on just Sunday and Monday, but some of the Sunday counts were affected by the Saturday evening storm.
Mosquito numbers have exploded compared to last week, with thousands of them caught in several of the traps. That pushed the citywide average above 1,000 — with one trap at the city's parks office catching nearly 3,300 mosquitoes in one day. Either of those alone would be enough to trigger fogging with malathion.
On Wednesday, starting at about 10 p.m., city trucks will fog all areas north of Victoria Avenue — all the way up to the airport. That's expected to take until 6 a.m., although fogging is also weather-related.
Areas south of Victoria will be fogged the following night, up to two miles south of Patricia Avenue. Trucks will run from 66th Street to 49th Street East.
Fogging can't be done if it's raining, if the winds are blowing more than 16 km/h or if the temperature dips below 13ºC.
There is still time for people to register buffer zones, if they would like to avoid being exposed to malathion. The city requires written or in-person applications with a proof of address prior to 7 p.m. on the night of fogging. Applications can be made online at brandon.ca/mosquito. Buffer zones have to be renewed every year.
People can also reduce their exposure to malathion by closing their windows and doors, by staying away from fogging trucks, turning off fans or air conditioners, and by washing or bringing indoors any toys, fruits or vegetables that may be exposed.
Depending on weather and trap counts, the city may also fog for mosquitoes a second time next week.