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Mosquitoes worse this week

A mosquito draws blood from the arm of a human host. Yum, yum!

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A mosquito draws blood from the arm of a human host. Yum, yum!

Tell us something we didn't know: Bug traps throughout Brandon caught more mosquitoes this week than last week.

However, the numbers are still not high enough to trigger fogging with malathion.

The city says that Sunday trap counts averaged 246 mosquitoes, followed by 149 mosquitoes today. That's up from 210 and 31 a week prior.

The highest count over the past two days was in the cemetery, where 482 of the biting bugs were nabbed on Sunday. The lowest level was 53 mosquitoes caught near the BU gym. A "bad catch" prevented tallying the numbers from the Canada Crescent trap, but overall the numbers were higher on Sunday and lower today.

Considering other factors, like larval life cycles and weather forecasts, the city calculates an AFA level of 12 for this week. That's up from 10 last week, and 9 the week before.

The Adulticiding Factor Analysis has to hit at least 15 (out of 18) for two consecutive counts before the city will consider sending out the malathion trucks, although fogging can also be triggered by finding an average of more than 1,000 mosquitoes in the traps, or if any individual trap catches more than 2,000.

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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Who calculated the trigger AFA level of 15 out of 18, or an average of 1000 mosquitoes/trap, and what were these trigger levels based on?
What have the trap counts been in previous years?

I think that not requiring people to provide medical certificates for buffer zones is asinine! So if you oppose fogging that is enough for blocks to be excluded? Summer is too short to be wasted sitting inside because there are too many mosquitos!

Arlene Saito

Residents who want chemical pest control in their yards can take affirmative action by purchasing their own Malathion sprayers from Canadian Tire and TSC. However, since malathion causes respiratory problems with infants and pets, and iso-malathion is carcinogenic, they may want to get permission from their neighbours before operating the equipment.

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