Mosquito control program underway after Fraserville once again impacted

 

Town Logo Small-webBy Ron Giofu

 

The town is starting up its 2014 mosquito control program with residents of the Fraserville area of town already feeling the bites from the insects.

Manager of engineering and operations Todd Hewitt outlined the program to town council Monday night, noting “it’s certainly not a new issue by any means.” He said in 2007, the mosquito problem wasn’t reported to been as bad but has returned in force in recent years including last year and early into this year.

In a report to council, Hewitt said “this may have been attributed to unique conditions found in the south open drain adjacent to the south boundary of the Honeywell property.” The 2013 problem “may have further been attributed to the exceptionally wet spring that Amherstburg experienced, which carried into early summer. This left area fields saturated and many areas had standing water and lush vegetation, which are perfect conditions for breeding mosquitoes.”

Hewitt said the town will mow grass in town-owned areas in order to try and mitigate the problem as well as cutting grass and weeds in ditches on private property. Catch basins in the area were “sucked out,” he added, adding the town will continue its relationship with GDG Environment Ltd. to larvicide where needed and put traps in areas, including some of the “hot spots” where mosquitoes breed.

“I’m not going to pretend we’ll get all the mosquitoes,” said Hewitt. “It’s a starting point, to be honest.”

The Honeywell property adjacent to the Fraserville area sees an annual private mosquito nuisance program conducted on that property, Hewitt added, typically using GDG Environment as the contractor. He added despite Honeywell being mothballed for at least two years, there is also a two-year contract in place where the company will continue to have its site monitored and treated.

GDG Environment has also offered to have a booth at the Canada Day festivities, Hewitt added, and that a public information campaign has started to inform people how they can try and mitigate the problem on their own property.

Mayor Wayne Hurst noted the salt water mosquito is one of the species that is being dealt with in that area and that species is a “very aggressive” form of mosquito. He estimated the town’s partnership with GDG and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit dates back over ten years.
CAO Mike Phipps said the town will not stand for owners of multiple lots not tending to them, adding multi-lot owners will be notified this week of the town’s approach to deal with long grass.

“They’re being given until early next week before we move in,” said Phipps. “The town is going to be very aggressive about grass cutting and violations.”

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