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Mosquito fogging to start Friday night

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Reversing a decades-long policy, the city of Brandon will fog for nuisance mosquitoes starting tomorrow night.

Although the city has long held that it would only fog when ordered to by the province -- usually to prevent the spread of West Nile virus -- an explosion of nuisance mosquitoes had councillors calling for a change.

"City council believes that this fogging is necessary to control the unusually severe mosquito infestation currently being experienced in the City”, Brandon mayor Dave Burgess said in a press release.

Weather permitting, half of the city will be fogged the evening of Friday, June 25, with the remainder of the city to be fogged Saturday evening. First up will be the south half of the city, from Victoria Avenue to two miles south of Patricia Avenue and from 66th Street to 49th Street East.

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Reversing a decades-long policy, the city of Brandon will fog for nuisance mosquitoes starting tomorrow night.

Although the city has long held that it would only fog when ordered to by the province — usually to prevent the spread of West Nile virus — an explosion of nuisance mosquitoes had councillors calling for a change.

"City council believes that this fogging is necessary to control the unusually severe mosquito infestation currently being experienced in the City", Brandon mayor Dave Burgess said in a press release.

Weather permitting, half of the city will be fogged the evening of Friday, June 25, with the remainder of the city to be fogged Saturday evening. First up will be the south half of the city, from Victoria Avenue to two miles south of Patricia Avenue and from 66th Street to 49th Street East.

On Saturday night, city crews will tackle the north half, from Victoria Avenue to Sandison Road at the airport an from 66th Street to 49th Street East.

Fogging will start at 10 p.m. and trucks will run until 6 a.m.

In the event the spraying application can not be completed in this time frame, city crews will complete their spraying Sunday night. If spraying is cancelled due to weather conditions, adult mosquito control will be carried out as soon as weather permits.

The pesticide product to be used for ground based spraying is malathion dispersed by an ultra low volume cold aerosol sprayer.

Activities to reduce exposure to malathion:

  • Close all windows and doors
  • Stay away from working trucks while spraying is underway
  • Fans and air conditioners should be turned off or set at exhaust
  • Remove clothes and children’s toys from outdoor areas
  • Wash any household items or toys left outside before use
  • Ensure fruits and vegetables brought inside are washed before consumed

For information on malathion, please see the PMRA website at www.hc-c.gc.ca/pmra-arla.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and running through both nights, the Parks Department phone line will be open for information, please call 729-2148.

For the complete story, see Friday's Brandon Sun.
 

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