WINNIPEG – Turns out mosquito fogging might not be coming to a halt in Winnipeg after all.
On Friday, the city said Health Canada had ruled that its malathion stockpile is too old, at nine years old – meaning the city’s only weapon to destroy mosquitoes is off the table. A rule change a couple of years ago dictated that the chemical should be disposed of after a year.
“The change was made in 2014, they provided us with some new labels in August of 2014. We were unaware of the change in the new label that was affixed to our product,” Ken Nawolsky with the city’s Insect Control Branch said.
However, later in the day, Health Canada told the city it would be okay to use it, provided testing standards are met.
Nawolsky says its malathion has passed recent testing and more is being done to see if it’s ok to use.