Halton launches program to protect against West Nile
Halton Region has started applying larvicide on public property to reduce the risk of West Nile virus in the area.
The annual larviciding program aims to help kill mosquito larvae and reduce the mosquito population that could carry West Nile.
The pesticide is applied in catch basins and bodies of standing water when other ways to reduce mosquito breeding sites haven’t worked, the region said in a press release.
Residents can help cut back on breeding grounds for mosquitoes by regularly removing water from bird baths, plant pots, outside toys and tires. They can alert the region to standing water on public property by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 311.
To protect themselves, residents are encouraged to:
Cover up wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants with tightly-woven fabric
Avoid being outdoors from early evening to morning and in shady, wooded areas
Reduce mosquito breeding sites by getting rid of water-filled containers and objects outdoors and changing bird bath water at least once a week
Use an insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin
Ensure window and door screens are tight and don’t have holes, cuts or other openings
To view a map showing where larvicide has been applied on public property, visit halton.ca/wnv.