City of Brandon Parks & Recreation Services will be moving forward with an overnight fogging program for nuisance mosquitoes on Saturday, July 3rd, and Sunday, July 4th, 2021. Mosquito trap counts from this past weekend exceeded the established thresholds for proceeding with adult mosquito control.
Fogging will proceed overnight on Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th beginning after 10 p.m. each evening, weather permitting. The city says it's important for the public to note that fogging will not happen if it is raining, if the temperature dips below 15 degrees Celsius, or if the wind speed is in excess of 16 kilometres/hour. In the event fogging is postponed due to weather conditions, the public will be notified, and fogging activity will be re-scheduled to the next suitable evening.
In terms of the fogging schedule, all areas south of Victoria Avenue (from Victoria Avenue to 2 miles south of Patricia Avenue and from 66th Street to 49th Street East) will be fogged on Saturday, July 3rd , beginning at approximately 10 p.m. All areas north of Victoria Avenue (from Victoria Avenue to Sandison Road at the Brandon Municipal Airport and from 66th Street to 49th Street East) will be fogged on Sunday, July 4th , beginning at approximately 10 p.m.
The insecticide to be used in this fogging program is DeltaGard 20EW. This product is approved for use by Health Canada and is a lower-risk product compared to the product used in past years' City of Brandon fogging program. The exposure to bees, birds, mammals, fish and plants is expected to be minimal, given the reduced application rate, timing of application, and the minimal deposits in soil, water and plants that are anticipated from this application.
Residents can take the following actions to minimize exposure during a fogging program:
- Whenever possible, stay indoors during and immediately after spraying;
- Close all windows and doors. Turn off air conditioning units and close vents to circulate indoor air, before the spraying begins;
- Bring laundry, toys and pets indoors before the spraying occurs;
- Cover swimming pool surfaces when possible;
- Wash homegrown fruit and vegetables with water before cooking or eating them;
- Rinse play equipment with water after the spraying is finished.
More information about the program can be found at City of Brandon - Mosquito Abatement Program.