July 4, 2014 2:17 pm

Mosquito fogging starts Saturday after Winnipeg trap count hits 224

Mosquito counts in Winnipeg have skyrocketed over the past two days.

Centers for Disease Control and James Gathany/AP Photo

WINNIPEG – City crews will start spraying malathion Saturday night after the mosquito population in Winnipeg exploded over the past two days.

The average number of mosquitoes found in traps across the city soared to 224 on Friday. A trap near Assiniboine Park has 3,552 female mosquitoes in it.

There was an average of 60 mosquitoes per trap on Thursday; the city fogs after counts average more than 25 and at least one trap has more than 100 for two consecutive days.

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Fogging will be done from 9:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. daily until further notice, unless the temperature drops below 13 C or it’s too windy to spray.

To find out when your area will be sprayed, call 311 or go to the city website to find your insect management area and check the fogging schedule. You can also register for telephone or email notifications.

Those who wish to avoid spraying can apply for a buffer zone at 311 or on the insect management webpage.

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