Standing Water Treatment
Due to high levels of mosquitoes in 2011, Public Works increased its radius of treating standing water from 1 km to 5km around Kindersley. This has continued every year since. All standing water is surveyed and treated every 7 days by employees specifically trained to complete this application.
When larvae are found in any standing water (ditch, slough, railway tracks, tree holes, gutters, sewage lagoons, culverts etc.) a biological control agent known as Vectobac is applied. This bacterium acts as a stomach poison to the mosquito larvae and is lethal once consumed but does not kill flying mosquitos that have already hatched. This product does not cause harm to fish, birds, mammals or other species of invertebrates, which prey on mosquitoes. The amount of Vectobac used is determined by the amount of larvae discovered when the water is tested.
By using a product such as Vectobac, mosquito populations can be kept at low levels without harming mosquito predators.