Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health (LPH) is announcing that catch basin larviciding, designed to control mosquito larvae and reduce the incidence of West Nile virus (WNV) in Lambton County, is set to begin on Monday, June 26, 2023.
LPH has contracted Pestalto Environmental Health Services Inc. to conduct larval surveillance and apply larvicide under the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) larviciding permit. Altosid Pellets (PCP#21809, pellet) and Mosquiron .012 CRD (PCP#31079, ingot) will be placed in the catch basins.
Pestalto technicians wearing safety vests will apply larvicide by hand to roadside catch basins while on a motorized scooter with a “Slow-Moving Vehicle” sign and a MOECP 2023 Applicator sticker on the vehicle. Passenger vehicles may also be used and equipped with the same signage, a flashing beacon, and Pestalto insignia. Larviciding is one measure used to impede mosquito breeding and control adult mosquito populations. Lambton Public Health also encourages residents to:
Remove stagnant water around your property
Keep eaves clear of debris
Drain water from containers or toys
Use insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin when outside during peak hours (dawn and dusk) or in locations where mosquitos are most active.
West Nile virus Surveillance Mosquito trap surveillance and testing will begin in early July. Positive findings will be reported and health system monitoring of human cases is ongoing. Lambton Public Health would like to remind the public that there is no collection of dead birds for West Nile virus surveillance. If residents find a dead bird on their property, they are asked to dispose of it properly using gloves or a bag to pick up the dead bird, followed by discarding the bag and the bird into a garbage container to be disposed of with their 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. -30- Please contact: Email LPH Media Inquiries Read this article on our website.