Regarding West Nile Virus:
Simcoe Muskoka District
Between June 18th and October 31st, 2020, the City of Barrie conducted a larviciding program under the authority of the Local Medical Officer of Health to control larval mosquitoes in order to prevent their development into vectors of West Nile Virus. The pellet formulation of Altosid Methoprene Pellets Mosquito Growth Regulator PCP#21809 or the pouch formulation of Vectolex WSP Biological Larvicide PCP#28009 was placed into municipal owned catch basins of storm drains within the boundaries of the City of Barrie.
All larvicide are applied by applicators, licensed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, or their supervised technicians. Municipally owned catch basins on private property can be treated upon request of the homeowner with Altosid XR Briquette PCP#27694. A consent form must be signed by the homeowner prior to treatment. For additional details please call 705-739-4219.
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause illness. This virus can be spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become carriers of the virus when they feed on infected birds. Human infections from the virus are rare and those affected usually experience only mild symptoms such as fever or headaches. The transmission of West Nile Virus can be greatly reduced by eliminating mosquito-breeding sites around your home and property.
A mosquito-breeding site is any container, depression, or area containing stagnant water for a period longer than seven days. Mosquitos lay their eggs in this water and the larva grows and emerges as a mosquito in a few days. By preventing and eliminating breeding sites, adult mosquito numbers can be decreased, which can then reduce your risk of being bitten by a mosquito.
To eliminate potential breeding sites:
You can help reduce your chance of being bitten by a mosquito by:
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