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Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Identified in Manitoba

Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Identified in Manitoba

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In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file photo, Evaristo Miqueli, a natural resources officer with Broward County Mosquito Control, takes water samples decanted from a watering jug, checking for the presence of mosquito larvae in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Lynne Sladky)

WINNIPEG — The first Culex tarsalis mosquito sample infected with West Nile virus has been collected in Manitoba.

The province says the mosquitoes were collected from an adult mosquito trap in Winnipeg during the week of June 17.

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Winnipeg Begins Mosquito Larviciding Program

Winnipeg Begins Mosquito Larviciding Program

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A City of Winnipeg larviciding helicopter prepares to take off from the Grey Street heliport on Friday, April 27, 2018. (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg’s insect control helicopters are in the skies as part of the seasonal mosquito larviciding program.

Staff have already begun treating standing water, targeting mosquito larvae in the aquatic stage before they emerge as adults.

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Winnipeg Flies Plan to Relocate Heliport to Make Way for Bus Rapid Transit

Winnipeg Flies Plan to Relocate Heliport to Make Way for Bus Rapid Transit

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Ken Nawolsky, superintendent of insect control, at the City of Winnipeg’s heliport on Grey Street, Monday, May 1, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The city is mulling over the idea of relocating its heliport, used by the Insect Control Branch, to make way for the future expansion of bus rapid transit, ChrisD.ca has learned.

The heliport on Grey Street currently serves as the launching pad for the City of Winnipeg‘s airborne mosquito larviciding operations. Winnipeg police and STARS air ambulance also occasionally use the site.

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Mosquito Experts in Winnipeg for Annual Conference

Mosquito Experts in Winnipeg for Annual Conference

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A female aedes japonicus mosquito is seen biting a person in this May 2015 handout photograph. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Sean McCann)

What’s the buzz on the latest mosquito-fighting techniques? Experts in that very field are gathering in Winnipeg this week to find out.

The city is hosting the 14th annual Meeting of the North Central Mosquito Control Association (NCMCA) April 5-6, gathering minds from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Western Ontario.

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Manitoba’s First West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Found in Winnipeg, Altona

Manitoba’s First West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Found in Winnipeg, Altona

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A female aedes japonicus mosquito is seen biting a person in this May 2015 handout photograph. Aedes japonicus is a disease-carrying mosquito which has just been confirmed present in Western Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Sean McCann)

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in Manitoba, including in Winnipeg.

The province’s mosquito surveillance program found the season’s first infected Culex tarsalis mosquitoes in adult mosquito traps set in both Altona and Winnipeg during the first week of July, according to a release from the province Friday.

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Low Mosquito Count in Winnipeg ‘Uncharted Territory:’ Insect Control Official

Low Mosquito Count in Winnipeg ‘Uncharted Territory:’ Insect Control Official

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Ken Nawolsky, superintendent of insect control, at the City of Winnipeg’s heliport on Tyne Avenue, Monday, May 1, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG – Some Manitobans jokingly refer to mosquitoes as their unofficial provincial bird, but Winnipeg has been unusually free of the pesky insects so far this year.

Ken Nawolsky, the city’s superintendent of insect control, said the average daily mosquito count in the 28 monitoring traps scattered throughout the city for most of May and June has been zero.

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Winnipeg Gets Approval to Use DeltaGard in Mosquito Fight

Winnipeg Gets Approval to Use DeltaGard in Mosquito Fight

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In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file photo, Evaristo Miqueli, a natural resources officer with Broward County Mosquito Control, takes water samples decanted from a watering jug, checking for the presence of mosquito larvae in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Lynne Sladky)

Just in time for the *swat* mosquito season, the City of Winnipeg has received federal approval to use a new chemical this year.

DeltaGard 20EW was approved Friday by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

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New Signage to Warn of Winnipeg’s Mosquito-Fighting Choppers

New Signage to Warn of Winnipeg’s Mosquito-Fighting Choppers

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Ken Nawolsky, superintendent of insect control, at the City of Winnipeg’s heliport on Tyne Avenue, Monday, May 1, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

New Transport Canada guidelines have changed the way the City of Winnipeg handles fly-over larviciding efforts as part of its insect control program.

New this season, signs will be posted in public areas where many people tend to congregate, alerting them that the city will be using helicopters to apply larvicides. Signage will pop up in athletic fields, larger parks, and golf courses 24 hours in advance with a date and time the treatment is scheduled to occur.

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Winnipeg to Resume Mosquito Fogging as Trap Counts Rise

Winnipeg to Resume Mosquito Fogging as Trap Counts Rise

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In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016 file photo, Evaristo Miqueli takes water samples decanted from a watering jug, checking for the presence of mosquito larvae in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Lynne Sladky)

WINNIPEG — A surge in the city’s mosquito population will put fogging trucks back on the streets beginning Sunday night.

Fogging will be carried out starting August 21 between 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., weather permitting. Crews will continue to fog until further notice and the city will be releasing areas to be targeted in the coming days.

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