The city will roll out fogging trucks to combat soaring mosquito numbers Sunday evening, city entomologist Taz Stuart told a press conference this afternoon.
It is the first time since 2010 that city officials have approved the use of malathion, the chemical equivalent of a smart bomb for mosquitoes.
Stuart stressed the campaign will be short and targeted, with the first areas to be Charleswood, Linden Woods and other areas in the southwest. Those areas have seen counts soar this weekend, despite applications of larvacide earlier this spring. Trap counts were an astounding 1808 skeeters at the Assiniboine Forest, Stuart comfirmed.
Exact locations are to be posted on the city's insect control website between 10 a.m. and noon Sunday. Spraying overnight starts at 9:30 p.m. and wraps up at 6:30 a.m.
Homeowners who don't want their properties fogged may register in person Sunday at two locations: 1539 Waverley St. and 3 Grey St. between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Stuart said this fogging effort is a nuisance campaign. The species that carries the West Nile virus is not a threat yet and the number of cases this year is low.
The best way to beat being bitten is to use a spray with DEET, wear light-coloured clothes and avoid the outdoors at dusk and dawn.