By Gary Carr
Monday, June 15, 2015 2:00 pm ·  0 Comments
To help keep West Nile virus (WNV) out of our communities, Halton Region has now begun its larviciding program. The preventative program targets standing bodies of water which are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry the virus. Halton is committed to being safe and healthy, and through our public education and preventative programs, such as larviciding, we will keep Halton a great place to live.
“Larviciding is just one part of our West Nile prevention program which includes public education, monitoring and surveillance, eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites and larviciding,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health. “By working together with the community to eliminate standing water sites and reminding people how to avoid mosquito bites, we can reduce the occurrence of West Nile virus in our communities and help keep people healthy.”
Urban areas are more likely to have mosquitoes that carry WNV. The types of mosquitoes that transmit WNV to humans most commonly breed in urban areas, and in places that hold water such as bird baths, plant pots, old toys, and tires.
The following are steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes:
Larvicide is only applied on public property where mosquito larvae have been found. A map showing the locations of standing water sites where larvicide has been applied is available at halton.ca/wnv.