If you’re tired of slathering on bug spray and swatting mosquitoes, help may be on the way.
The City of Brandon is prepared to begin a second round of malathion fogging tonight.
"We are very conscious of the fact that we’re finally getting some nice weather and I think people are wanting to enjoy their weekends," city manager Scott Hildebrand said. "That’s why we’re trying to get ahead of it right now."
One trap, located at the city’s parks office, had more than 2,000 mosquitoes on Sunday. That trap experienced a malfunction on Monday and a second count could not be verified.
The malfunction was due to the trap running out of carbon dioxide. Traps in general use heat, light or CO2 to attract the mosquitoes.
A followup trap count will be done, and if high enough — and weather conditions comply — fogging will take place.
Areas south of Victoria Avenue will be fogged tonight, beginning at 10 p.m. and running until 6 a.m., or as early morning temperature permits.
Tomorrow, areas north of Victoria Avenue will be fogged. Crews will not fog if it is raining, if the temperature dips below 13 C or there is a wind speed in excess of 16 km/h.
Fogging takes place if an average daily mosquito trap count is more than 1,000 or if any individual trap count is more than 2,000.
The first round of fogging took place last Wednesday and Friday.
According to Hildebrand, fogging the entire city twice is considered a complete cycle, and much more effective.
Last year, just one round of fogging was needed.
"The August weather then got cool and dry and everything was fine," Hildebrand said. "I think we’re up against some bigger issues this year with all the water we have around."
Unfortunately, fogging won’t help the tiny black fly situation.
"They are daytime fliers and it’ll be very difficult to get rid of them because, of course, we do this at night," Hildebrand said.
Buffer zones that were registered for last week’s fogging will be honoured again for the second round. If others wish to add their property to the buffer zone list, they have until 7 p.m. on the day of the fogging to register.
As of last week, there were 108 buffer zones registered — 49 north of Victoria Avenue and 59 south of Victoria.
If residents want to know if their property falls within a buffer zone, they must call the city’s community services office at 204-729-2148. Upon presenting their address, the resident will receive a "yes" or "no" answer. Due to privacy issues, the city will not release the addresses of the buffer zones.
According to the province’s pesticide regulation, the city is required to compile a list of residents who register in writing, their objections to mosquito fogging. Equipment must be turned off 90 metres on either side of the property, in the front, side and rear lane.
Fogging trucks use malathion insecticide for the ground-based spraying, dispersed in ultra-low volume cold aerosol sprayer.
During the fogging, residents are reminded to close all windows and doors, stay away from working trucks, turn off fans and air conditioners, remove clothes and children’s toys left outside and ensure fruits and vegetables brought inside are washed before being consumed.
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