Invite the Sun, Not Mosquitoes This Summer
BRAMPTON, ON. (June 1, 2011) – Summer is right around the corner, so get ready for warm nights, those pesky mosquitoes and the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV). While Peel Public Health is in full gear with their prevention plan, there are quick and easy things residents can do to minimize their risk of infection.
“To reduce the chance of being bitten, residents should avoid areas with high mosquito populations and take extra precautions at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active,” says Paul Callanan, Peel Region’s Director of Environmental Health. “We recommend wearing light-coloured clothing that covers exposed skin, like long sleeves, pants and a hat. And remember to use a mosquito repellent and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.”
Residents can do their part to decrease the mosquito population by reducing standing water, such as:
- Clearing leaves and twigs from eavestroughs
- Changing water in birdbaths weekly
- Removing water that collects on pool covers and turning over wading pools when they are not in use
- Placing a fine mesh screen over rain barrels
- Emptying or disposing of containers that can hold water, such as old tires, wheelbarrows, barrels, pails, toys and recycling bins.
Stagnant water can be reported to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or online at peel-bugbite.ca.
The Region’s Vector Borne-Disease Prevention Plan monitors diseases that are spread to humans by insects or ticks. To help protect residents from WNV, Peel Public Health has started surveying stagnant water sites on public property for mosquito larvae. If larvae are present, an environmentally friendly larvicide will be applied. Larviciding of road side catch basins will begin June 6 and will be completed in four phases. Peel will also be collecting and testing adult mosquitoes weekly from mid-June to the end of September.
“Every year we prepare a comprehensive plan to educate the public and monitor West Nile Virus activity in Peel,” continues Paul. “We never know what level of activity we will see, but West Nile Virus has an established history in Peel and we expect to see it again this summer.”
For more information about how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and protect yourself and your family from WNV, visit peel-bugbite.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.