City of Whitehorse 2013 Mosquito Control Program
Larval surveying and monitoring for the City of Whitehorse 2013 Mosquito Control Program is scheduled to begin April 29, 2013. The goal of the annual control program is to reduce adult mosquito annoyance for residents and visitors by reducing mosquito larvae. Control of larval mosquito populations will be completed as required, and where necessary, from April 29th to August 23rd, 2013. Larvicide applications will be made using aerial (helicopter) and ground-based, hand-broadcast methods.
Larval development occurs with water accumulations from snowmelt and precipitation in depressions and established ponds. Left unchecked mosquito larvae will complete their development to adults and provide a source of annoyance. For this reason control program efforts are focused on the identification and treatment of developing mosquito larvae using the biological larvicide VectoBac 200G which contains the heat-killed bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis var. isrealensis (Bti). This bacterium is specific in its control of mosquitoes and biting flies. It does not reproduce in the environment and has no effect on non-target insects, fish birds or mammals, including humans, livestock and pets. All applications will be directed to infested mosquito development habitat located within, and adjacent to, the City of Whitehorse.
Subject to City Council approval, D.G. Regan and Associates Ltd., an environmental services firm with over twenty years of experience will be providing these services. All mosquito larvicide applications will be completed under the conditions of Pesticide Use/Service Permit # 4201-21-04.
For more information on mosquitos, the control program or VectoBac 200G please visit www.dgregan.com or www.valentbiosciences.com. You can also leave a message for the mosquito control program biologist at City of Whitehorse offices, or through the BITE line 633-BITE (2483). Biologists will follow up with a telephone call and on-site property inspection where required.