Drone being used to help reduce mosquito population

Pilot project will target standing water on six golf courses in Winnipeg

With helicopters, vehicles, and on foot, our larviciding program targets mosquitoes before they hatch to help reduce the insect’s populations. 

Even with these different methods, mosquito habitats are sometimes difficult to get to. This is why we’re testing using a drone this summer.

“We’re hoping the drone, in combination with our other efforts, will allow us to larvicide more effectively so we can minimize the amount of adult nuisance mosquitoes,” said David Wade, Superintendent of the City’s Insect Control Branch

We’ll use the drone on six golf courses throughout Winnipeg, including:

  • Kildonan Park Golf Course
  • Crescent Drive Golf Course
  • Windsor Park Golf Course
  • Harbour View Golf Course
  • Rossmere Golf & Country Club
  • Tuxedo Golf Course

Larviciding is the largest component of our insect control program. It prevents the mosquitoes from ever reaching the biting adult stage. It's the most effective and environmentally acceptable method to reduce the mosquito population.

Our crews use insecticides that are approved by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

We will evaluate the use of the drone during the pilot to determine whether the drone program should be expand in the future.

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