District tries to control mosquitoes

Mosquito monitoring underway in Lake Country and North Westside

  • Jun. 9, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Since early April, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has been busy with its mosquito monitoring and control program in Lake Country and the North Westside.

With spring rains there’s plenty of standing water and with warmer temperatures on the horizon, those are the perfect conditions for hatching mosquito larva.

“Our program monitoring and treatment crews have been busy checking out known breeding locations and if mosquito larvae are found, they treat the surface water habitat to minimize mosquito larval development,” said Bruce Smith, communications co-ordinator.

BWP Consulting is contracted to conduct all larval mosquito control only within these participating areas of the regional district.

BWP’s Cheryl Phippen says, “As a result of this spring’s weather conditions, we’re seeing high densities of mosquito larvae.  Residents should expect higher than normal numbers of nuisance mosquitoes throughout the summer.”  She adds, “People should protect themselves by wearing mosquito repellant containing DEET and light coloured clothing with long sleeves and long pants, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are at their worst.”