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No fogging for pesky skeeters in SFX

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Homeowners in St. Francois Xavier might want to add citronella candles to their lists of summertime purchases next year.

At their Oct. 15 meeting, council passed a motion to amend the mosquito control policy so that municipal fogging will only be done upon the request of a community group prior to holding a large event.

Last summer, more densely populated areas within St. Francois Xavier were fogged a few times by a private company, at a cost of about $450 per fogging.

Reeve Roger Poitras said council has discussed the wisdom of fogging at length, and the consensus is that it’s not an effective way to control the adult mosquito population.

"Our geography doesn’t lend itself to adequately spraying within the RM," Poitras said.
He added that other municipalities, including neighbouring Cartier, don’t fog at all. However, he and the other councillors will certainly review the new policy if there’s a West Nile virus outbreak.

"We’re going to do a more effective larviciding program," he said.

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