Mosquito treatment at Gallagher Park to be done Friday
A mosquito acquires a blood meal from a human at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta in 2006. (AP / Center for Disease Control and Prevention, James Gathany)
Published Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:28PM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 9, 2012 6:12PM MDT
City crews will do treatments for adult mosquitoes at Gallagher Park on Friday morning, a day after Folk Fest officially gets underway.
The city says treatment will be done around the perimeter of the park and in areas that can harbour mosquitoes, in an effort to reduce their numbers.
“Generally the mosquitos have been pretty deadly down here,” Folk Fest Production Manager Don Snider said. “I’m sure we’re just in another one-day lull of them having a birthing session after the last rain. Trying to lower the numbers is a good thing for comfort.”
City crews are also still working to treat standing pools of water in ditches and continuing to monitor larvae numbers.
So far, the city says ground and aerial crews have completed four campaigns, covering all areas where the city has received permission to treat standing water.
The city also clarified that all of the products they use are approved by Health Canada and deemed safe for their intended use.
The City of Edmonton is one of the few major cities in Canada to have a mosquito control program.