Mosquitoes get sprayed to combat West Nile Virus in Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills

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Published June 18, 2024 at 10:06 pm

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Halton Region has started its larvacide program aimed at keeping the mosquito population under control and thus reducing the spread of the West Nile Virus.

Larvacide has already been applied to locations of standing water on public lands in urban areas, where monitoring indicates that mosquito larvae are present. This includes catch basins and other areas where water collects. Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks licensed applicators or technicians will apply all larvicides.

The program will continue throughout the summer with several areas of Halton already targeted.

A larvicide is an insecticide that is specifically targeted against the larval life stage of an insect.

Signs will be posted at each location indicating when and where the larvicide has been applied.

West Nile Virus is a flu-like illness that can be transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. While most infected people do not reveal symptoms, the virus can prove to be serious in some cases which has prompted the call to curb the mosquito population

Last year in Halton Region 33 areas where water collects were found to contain the virus. Two people were confirmed to be infected.

For up-to-date information about West Nile virus and the larvicide program, follow this link.

 

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