July 7, 2014 7:47 pm

Mosquitoes frustrate residents

Tyler Sarazin doesn’t leave home without his bug spray and mosquito coils.

It’s the only way the 16-year-old can be outside, since the mosquito population has taken over Lethbridge in the last two weeks.

“I’m a skater so we’re generally really expected to go to the skate park but it’s conveniently and inconveniently located right next to Henderson lake, which is a mosquito spawning hell zone.”

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The city of Lethbridge has put their mosquito abatement program into full force since last month’s flooding to help alleviate the issue.

“What we really try to do in Lethbridge is to focus on those most important bodies of water bodies that were right close to where people live and we really hit those hard we used a lot of VectoBac,” said Ron Esau, Mosquito Technician with City of Lethbridge

VectoBac is a bacteria used to kill mosquito larva before it hatches. The city has been using it for the last 10 years, but this year has been particularly difficult to manage.

“Something like this sets the program back because all those eggs that have been sitting there for years and years waiting, well now they’ve hatched out. We hope they’re not all successful in getting blood meals and laying their eggs, but what I think is that we need patience to get through this time.”

Esau said the mosquitoes should die down by August. For more information on the abatement program, you can visit the city of Lethbridge’s website: http://www.lethbridge.ca

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