It’s a SWAT team that deals with much smaller culprits in our city.
Winnipeg has launched the Standing Water Action Team, asking residents to be vigilant in preventing the spread of mosquitoes this spring.
Superintendent of insect control Ken Nawolsky says it’s no action movie but anyone can be a S.W.A.T agent.
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to fight the mosquitoes before they hatch by actively draining, dumping or covering water-filled containers in the springtime and after each rainfall.”
The hope of the campaign is to remind homeowners to regularly clear their properties of any standing water.
“Trying to get that message out there that people can all do their parts,” Nowalsky explains. “We will do our part on the city if homeowners can join in and help to reduce standing water in the backyards. That’ll make it better for everyone.”
The SWAT program will place advertising throughout the city to remind residents to clear properties of potential breeding grounds.
“I used to get lots of mosquitoes in my yard but ever since I started getting rid of standing water I haven’t had any.” Said SWAT agent Louise Bohm, who lives in Transcona.
Superintendent of insect control Ken Nawolsky says 50 per-cent of our city’s mosquitoes come from standing water. He adds something as simple as clearing a bird bath can prevent up to 1,000 of the pesky bugs from hatching.