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The City of Brandon has been utilizing a Mosquito Abatement Program for many decades to aid in the control of nuisance mosquitoes during the height of the summer season. The control of mosquitoes is important because it:

  • reduces the nuisance effect of mosquitoes on the residents of Brandon and,
  • reduces the possibility of mosquitoes serving as vectors for diseases such as Western Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

 

The program is undertaken each year as a joint initiative with Brandon University. Over the course of the season, Brandon University students work with City of Brandon Community Services staff to monitor a control area of 102 square miles (264 sq. km) surrounding the City. The control areas is rectangular in shape with the western boundary of Kemnay, the southern boundary at the Brandon Gun Club, the eastern boundary at 49th Street East, and the northern boundary at the Brandon Municipal Airport.

The program relies largely on larval control methods, with standing pools of water closely monitored and then treated with larvicide based on an average of samples in a particular area of standing water.

However, Ultra Low Volume adult mosquito control (fogging) is provided for IF: the City of Brandon’s Adulticiding Factor Analysis Guidelines value falls into and remains in the high category for two consecutive trap counts; OR the average of any daily mosquito trap count is more than 1,000 nuisance mosquitoes; OR if any individual trap count is more than 2,000 nuisance mosquitoes.

 

City of Brandon 2014 Mosquito Trap Counts

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the City of Brandon’s Mosquito Abatement Program?

The City of Brandon works in partnership with Brandon University to administer a mosquito surveillance and abatement program each year. Brandon University students work with City of Brandon Community Services staff to monitor a control area of 102 square miles (264 square kms).

The program relies largely on larval control methods. A complement of four field staff monitor numerous areas of standing water across the control area and watch closely for the development of mosquito larvae. Larviciding is undertaken when 10 dip samples in a particular area of standing water shows five or more larvae are present in each dip.

 

What are the City of Brandon’s Adulticiding Factor Analysis Guidelines?

The City of Brandon Mosquito Abatement Program’s Administrative Working Group uses a set of Adulticiding Factor Analysis Guidelines to aid it in determining when nuisance mosquito populations are emerging.

The monitoring of five mosquito trap locations around the City, along with a number of other factors like the current climate, anticipated weather conditions and the stage of observed mosquito population, aid the City of Brandon in determining the likelihood of an emergence of nuisance mosquitoes.

View the Adulticiding Factor Analysis Guidelines document here: Adulticiding Factor Analysis Guidelines

 

Does the City of Brandon fog for mosquitoes?

The City of Brandon does have a plan in place to undertake Ultra Low Volume adult mosquito control (fogging). Fogging will occur IF: the City of Brandon’s Adulticiding Factor Analysis Guidelines value falls into and remains in the high category for two consecutive trap counts; OR the average of any daily mosquito trap count is more than 1,000 nuisance mosquitoes; OR if any individual trap count is more than 2,000 nuisance mosquitoes. The City of Brandon must give 24 hours notice to the public prior to fogging for mosquito's.

 

Can I register for a buffer zone around my property to exempt me from fogging?

As per the Provincial Pesticide Permit issued to the City of Brandon by the Province of Manitoba, residents must be given the opportunity to exempt their property during an Ultra Low Volume adult mosquito control event (fogging). Residents can register with the City of Brandon’s Community Services Department to have their property and an area of 90 metres on either side of their property in the front street, side street and rear lane excluded from the fogging program. Should the Province of Manitoba issue the City of Brandon an order to spray for Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, all buffer zones will not apply. The Culex tarsalis mosquito is the type of mosquito which is known to carry and transmit the West Nile virus. More information about the Province of Manitoba's west nile virus program can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/health/wnv/

 

How can I register for a buffer zone around my property?

The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department accepts IN PERSON OR WRITTEN APPLICATIONS from residents who wish to have a buffer zone applied their property. A resident’s name, address, telephone number and proof of occupancy are all required for a buffer zone application to be accepted.

The application form can be downloaded here, filled out at returned by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax at 204-726-4257.

Forms can also be picked up at the City of Brandon’s Community Services Office at 2020 McGregor, Avenue, Brandon, MB., R7A 4B5; or can be mailed out upon request by calling 204-729-2148.

RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY EARLY. A 24-hour turnaround time is recommended for processing and buffer zone requests cannot be guaranteed less than 12 hours prior to the start of a fogging event. Residents must renew their buffer zone registration at the beginning of every Mosquito Control Program season.

 

How do I know if my property is within a buffer zone?

Residents wishing to determine if their property falls within an accepted buffer zone can inquire by calling the City of Brandon’s Community Services Office at 204-729-2148. Upon presenting their address, they will receive a "Yes" or "No" answer ONLY.

The collection, use and disclosure of personal information for the purpose of administering buffer zone applications is protected by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

 

How will I know if the City of Brandon is fogging for mosquitoes?

As per the Pesticide Permit issued to the City of Brandon by the Province of Manitoba, the City of Brandon must give the public 24 hours notice in advance of an Ultra Low Volume adult mosquito control event (fogging).

The public can also sign up to receive an email alert from the City of Brandon prior to a fogging event here.

 

How can I avoid mosquitoes on my property?

All Brandon residents can play a very important role in reducing the potential for adult mosquito populations on their property in a number of ways, including:

  • dumping out any containers of standing water;
  • draining any eavestroughing;
  • covering rain water collection containers;
  • filling in any low-lying areas;
  • treating problem areas with biological larvicide

 

Residents and visitors to Brandon can also ease the annoyance of nuisance mosquitoes by using repellants, wearing light-coloured clothing, limiting your time outside between the hours between dusk and dawn and using screened-in areas.

Registration for a Buffer Zone- Nuisance

 

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