It’s hopefully the beginning of the end for Winnipeg’s bloody battle with mosquitoes.
The city will begin adult nuisance mosquito fogging at 9:30 p.m. in the southwest quadrant of the city.
Trap counts in the southwest area have been substantially higher than in other neighbourhoods. Yesterday, trap counts in Assiniboine Park registered 3,552 mosquitoes. The lowest trap count came from the RM of Macdonald where a single mosquito was counted.
The average trap count in the city has hovered just above 200 in the last couple of days.
The neighbourhoods of Assiniboine Park, Charleswood, Royalwood and Waverley will be some of the first ones fogged tonight.
Ken Nawolsky, Winnipeg’s insect control superintendent, said at a press conference on Friday that the city’s fogging schedule will be planned around necessity—the areas with the highest trap counts will be first priority.
The city will be using malathion and pyrocide to ward off the mosquitoes. Both insecticides have been approved by Health Canada. Permanone will be the chemical of choice for residual treatments.
Fogging will happen nightly from 9:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. until the city deems the mosquito population is under control, Nawolsky said.
The city has released a map showing all locations to be fogged. You can see it here.