City crews will kick off April by performing annual mosquito control operations on temporary standing water locations in the city.
According to a notice from the City of Grande Prairie the work, which starts on April 1st, uses a granular mosquito larvicide to get rid of the mosquito larvae. The city says the larvicide is environmentally friendly and target-specific.
Mosquitos are known to carry the West Nile virus. If bitten by an insect carrying the virus, a person can catch West Nile non-neurological syndrome or the more serious West Nile neurological syndrome. If a person catches the non-neurological syndrome symptoms can include sickness and skin rashes, while symptoms of the neurological syndrome can cause confusion, paralysis or death.
Along with mosquito control, the city crews will also be performing annual pest control operations starting in April. As long as the weather permits from April to October crews will work to control noxious weeds, insects and plant diseases in the city. According to the city, all products used during this work are registered with Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. The city advises anyone who has allergies to the products used during pest control work to contact Parks Operations and be put on the allergy contact list.
More information about the cities mosquito and pest control operations can be found on the City of Grande Prairie website.