Point Edward, ON – Catch basin larviciding, designed to control mosquito larvae and reduce the incidence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Lambton County, is set to begin this week. Mosquito larval surveillance has indicated the presence of mosquito larvae in catch basins across Lambton County.
The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority has been contracted by Lambton Public Health to conduct larval surveillance and apply larvicide under the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks larviciding permit. Methoprene (Altosid) in pellet formulation (Pest Control Products Act #21809) will be placed in the catch basins.
Vehicles used for larviciding will be equipped with a rooftop flashing yellow light and have signs to identify the West Nile virus program and to use of caution since the vehicle Makes Frequent Stops.
Larviciding is only one measure used to impede mosquito breeding and control adult mosquito populations. Lambton Public Health encourages residents to:
- Remove stagnant water around your property
- Keep eaves clear of debris
- Drain water from containers or toys
Increase your level of personal protection against mosquitoes by using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin during peak times, or in locations where mosquitoes are active.
West Nile virus Surveillance
Mosquito trap surveillance and testing begins in early July. Positive findings will be reported and health system monitoring of human cases is ongoing.
There is no collection of dead birds for West Nile virus surveillance.
If residents find a dead bird on their property, dispose of it properly. Do not use bare hands. Wear gloves or pick up the dead bird with a bag; then discard the bag and the bird into a garbage container. Dispose of the bird with your regular garbage.
For more information about WNV, or dead bird disposal, call the West Nile virus Information Line at 519-383-3824, toll-free 1-800-667-1839 ext. 3824 or visit LambtonPublicHealth.ca.