‘Ottawa’ City Kicks off Summer-long Mosquito Control Program in Kanata Friday
The City of Ottawa will begin its new Kanata North mosquito control program Friday.
The program, which was approved by council in February and is expected to cost around $1.5 million, will continue throughout the summer and is expected to end on Sept. 15.
The program is aimed an controlling the number of mosquito larvae in wetlands so they won’t hatch. No part of the program involves killing live mosquitoes.
Contractors with GBG Environment have been hired by the city to do daily ground applications of a liquid larvicide in selected areas of Kanata North. The application of granular larvicides through the air, by helicopter, is expected to take place sometime in the next two weeks.
The program will use chemicals “BTI”, (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) and BS (Bacillus Sphaericus), which are naturally-occurring bacteria, that are dropped into the water where the larvae are found. Feeding larvae in the water absorb the compounds, which stop them from becoming adult mosquitoes.
The Health Canada Regulatory Agency states that BTI and BS have no effect on humans, birds, fish, animals or other insects, the city says.
The city also plans to monitor five test sites across Kanata North to ensure the effectiveness of the program. There will also be post-treatment larva surveillance and extra applications of larvicide, if needed.
The program was created after a special referendum was held in Kanata South in February asking residents if a special $20 levy should be included in their property tax bill to pay for the initiative. The referendum received 72-per-cent support among households that voted. However, only 17 per cent of eligible households cast a ballot in the referendum. A total of 11,000 ballots were sent out, only 3,000 were returned.
Residents with concerns about the program or the chemicals being used are asked to call the city on its information line 3-1-1.