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Public invited to mosquito control field day

April 23, 2013 - 3:09 PM

As Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Mosquito Control Crews begin early-season larval treatments this week, residents and visitors are invited to the TNRD Nuisance Mosquito Control Field Day on Tuesday, April 30.

This event is a unique opportunity for the public to learn about the TNRDs procedures and efforts to reduce and control nuisance mosquitoes in the area. For details, please contact Cheryl Phippen at 250.819.1750.

The seasons first larval treatments are planned this week for the Iron Mask, Pritchard, Pinantan, Barnhartvale, Paul Lake, Knutsford and Logan Lake areas. They will then be monitored as grassland ponds and runoff become infested with larvae. In early- to mid-May, efforts will shift to monitoring the North and South Thompson rivers as they begin their annual freshet and standing water is left in oxbows and fields alongside these rivers.

All treatments will be made with a bacterial larvicide with the active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis var israelensis. This granular product will be applied by hand, backpack blower and helicopter. This product is highly effective at controlling mosquito larvae, while being non-toxic to other invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals.

Further information about the TNRD Mosquito Control Program or to report a potential mosquito habitat please visit the TNRD website or call the Mosquito Advisory Line at 250-372-5700.

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