Regarding larviciding:Environmental Services705-739-4219Regarding West Nile Virus:Simcoe Muskoka District
Between June 21st and October 31st,
2021, the City of Barrie will be conducting 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 will be
placed into municipal owned catch basins of storm drains within the boundaries
of the City of Barrie.
All larvicide will be applied by
applicators, licensed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, or their supervised technicians. Municipally owned catch basins on private
property will 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.
Prior to the commencement of the larviciding program, the City cleans out all catch basins, which ensures that they are free of sediment and water and that the larvicide will remain in place for the appropriate time period and will not be flushed out. Additionally, the contractor does not apply the larvicide during rain events and uses a calibrated dispensing tool to ensure there are no excess amounts of larvicide. These methods prevent the larvicide from being flushed out of the intended catch basins and into the waterway.
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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