Gateway Gazette

Okotoks Working to Control Mosquito Population

 

Okotoks Parks has a mosquito monitoring and control program. Treatment is a water release into shallow surface waters on public lands with Bacillus thuringiensis, a natural soil bacterium that kills mosquito larvae, but is otherwise safe for aquatic ecosystems.

Monitoring has revealed that storm ponds are not the source of mosquito populations, but rather roadside ditches and other shallow surface waters. Residents can help by emptying out standing water in their own yards from plant trays, kids toys. Also be sure to unblock rain gutters and put screens on rain barrels.

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