Council renews West Nile program

The City of Salmon Arm will continue to treat for mosquitoes carrying West Nile but when it comes to the nuisance variety, residents are on their own.

On Monday, council agreed to once again contract BWP Consulting Inc. to oversee the city’s West Nile Vector Mosquito Abatement program. The annual program costs $15,000, and involves the application of larvicide where and when the larvae of mosquitoes known to carry the virus is detected.

“So what they do is they go around to any suspected pools, they do dip tests and they find out if the larvae are active,” explained city engineering and public works director Rob Niewenhuizen.

Coun. Denise Reimer asked what the cost might be to also treat for nuisance mosquitoes, noting there’s concern in the community about this being a very bad year for the pests.

Niewenhuizen said the City of Revelstoke spends $66,000 annually on its nuisance mosquito control program, while the Town of Golden’s program costs $147,000 a year and Scotch Creek’s is $56,000.

“We can buy a lot of mosquito repellent for that. Thank you,” replied Reimer.



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