What is the Region of Peel doing about WNV?
Every year, the Region of Peel develops a Vector Borne Disease Prevention Plan. Peel Public Health has worked closely with the city of Mississauga, city of Brampton, town of Caledon, Credit Valley Conservation and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to develop the plan.
Activities in the plan include:
Peel Public Health has many educational resources on WNV, personal protection, how to reduce mosquito breeding around your neighbourhood and other WNV-related topics. These resources include:
Monitoring for WNV in people and the environment
Peel Public Health monitors for WNV in people and mosquitoes. Numbers, species and locations of adult and larval mosquito population are monitored to detect the presence of WNV. This data will assist Peel Public Health with identifying WNV in Peel and assessing its risk to human health.
Reducing mosquito breeding through larviciding
Larviciding is conducted from the beginning of June to the end of September each year. Larviciding involves applying environmentally friendly products to reduce mosquito larvae (immature mosquitoes) living in stagnant water. The products are applied to municipal catch basins and selected municipal surface water sites. Only those sites that contain larvae of mosquitoes known to carry WNV are treated.