If the malathion didn’t wipe out the mosquitoes on your property, a new business is hoping to pick up where the city left off.
Mosquito Tech, based in Winnipeg, is looking to expand its services to Brandon if enough clients sign up.
“We do have a crew coming out there, hopefully soon ... to come and do spraying,” said Kevin Meilleur, the president/owner of Mosquito Tech.
The company uses the chemical permethrin, which functions as a neurotoxin.
“It’s a very common product in Canada and the (United) States, it just hasn’t been widely adopted in Manitoba yet, and I don’t know why,” Meilleur said.
The Mosquito Tech crew will survey a property to assess where the mosquitoes are located.
“It could be under the deck, it could be under shrubs, certain trees, in the bark of trees, taller grass ... once we find out ... we spray those areas with our product,” he said. “The minute it hits ... it kills the mosquito on contact.”
The crew also sprays the perimeter of the property to prevent mosquitoes from coming in.
“Once we spray a property, once it dries, it’s safe for children, safe for pets, not a problem at all,” he said.
Meilleur said the business has been very busy in Winnipeg, and will be spraying for seven outdoor weddings just this weekend.
“This year ... has been the worst in about 14 years for mosquitoes,” he said.
The average property costs anywhere from $140 to $200 for one application, which lasts four to five weeks.
“If we can get half a dozen, a dozen homes in Brandon willing to sign up, we’d come out and do it,” he said. “Next year, we’re hoping to have, based on information we get this year ... a Mosquito Tech office based in or near Brandon.”
For more information, visit mosquitotech.ca or call 1-855-698-6094.
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City has no plans to fog
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.
There is an animated map of current mosquito counts available online 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 six to 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. Input your address at bdnsun.ca/1tGz31R.
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