The Kanata North Nuisance Mosquito Control Program targets mosquito larva found in wetlands to prevent hatching. The small, localized, program is approved for four years from 2016 to 2019.
In early spring to mid-September GDG Environnement(link is external) will commence ongoing applications to the treatment area in and around Kanata North. The control agents are Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis (Bti) and Bacillus sphaericus (Bs), which are a bacteria found naturally in soils. No other control agents will be used. The Health Canada Regulatory Agency has approved both agents and has found them to have no effects on humans, birds, fish, animals or other insects. Bti and Bs are effective bacteria that destroy the stomachs of mosquito larvae that hatch in water.
The treatment program poses little risk to the natural environment. Nonetheless, it includes a research project to detect any environmental changes to the area. The research project will be a partnership between the City’s Land Use and Natural Systems Unit, The University of Ottawa and GDG Environnement.