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Insect control efforts starting earlier than usual in Winnipeg

One of the city's four insect control helicopters getting prepared Thursday afternoon. .
One of the city's four insect control helicopters getting prepared Thursday afternoon. . Jeremy Desrochers / Global News

WINNIPEG — The city is kicking off its insect control efforts about ten days earlier than usual.

Larviciding crews will be on the ground and in the air with their sites on standing water after a wet weekend was followed by above average temperatures.

“With some parts of Winnipeg, particularly the north part of Winnipeg, receiving 60 mm of rain on the weekend. You notice a lot of standing water,” Ken Nawolsky, superintendent of city insect control said Thursday afternoon. “So these helicopters will be pretty busy over the next couple of weeks”

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The first larvae were found in Winnipeg on April 18 and this discovery kick started the city’s insect control efforts.

“We’re fortunate that now we are experiencing cooler weather that will help us during the springtime so that we can treat all the mosquito larvae before they emerge as adults,” Nawolsky said.

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The city’s insect control team will be treating long grass, shrubs and other places adult mosquitoes like to rest as well as standing water, according to Nawolsky.

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Mosquito fogging will only happen if a number of guidelines from the city and province are met. A 24-hour notice must be issued before any fogging happens.

If you’d like to request a buffer zone from insecticides you can email the city at 311@winnipeg.ca or in person at 1539 Waverley Street.