Q: Does the Town of Okotoks have a mosquito monitoring and control program?
A: Yes, mosquito larvae are sampled and controlled in surface waters on public lands.
Q: What is the control method used for mosquito control?
A: A biological control agent is released into the water to control mosquito larvae. The product is the dead spores of Bacillus
thuringiensis, a natural soil bacterium.
Q: Is chemical fogging of adult mosquitoes performed?
A: No, the Town does not fog adult mosquitoes.
Q: Will aerating storm ponds reduce mosquito populations?
A: No, storm ponds have extremely low mosquito larvae populations already that they currently do not require treatment.
Q: If not storm ponds, where do mosquitoes come from?
A: Roadside ditches are the main culprit for harbouring large populations of mosquitoes and other small stagnant sources of water are the main sources of mosquitoes.
Q: Is West Nile Virus a concern for Okotoks?
A: The threat of people contracting West Nile virus is low in central Alberta. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus require a longer warmer season than is typical in this region, however, a long, hot summer can increase the risk.
Q: What can residents do to help?
A: Ensure no standing water is left in yards such as spare tires, plant trays, pails, blocked swales, etc. Ensure water is refreshed in rain barrels and bird baths regularly.