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The City of Grande Prairie conducts mosquito control operations from March to August. Our control operations target the aquatic larval stage of the mosquito life cycle.

The mosquito control boundary for the City of Grande Prairie encompasses 18,650 hectares (46,000 acres) of land.
Mosquito Larvae

  • Mosquitoes breed in ditches, semi-permanent sloughs or even shallow temporary pools.
  • All mosquitoes rely on flower nectar, juices and decayed plant matter for food; however, the female also requires a blood meal to develop viable eggs.
  • A single female mosquito could potentially create 1,000,000 more mosquitoes by the end of summer.
  • Mosquitoes locate their hosts by scent, sight and heat.
  • Mosquito antennae allow the insect to detect the host body and navigate to exposed skin where the blood is close to the surface like the neck, hands and ankles.

Mosquito 
Photo by David Cappaert

 

Controls

A spring control program targeting the larval stage is the best way to handle mosquitos. All control operations are regulated by Alberta Environment.

The City of Grande Prairie uses both biological and chemical control products appropriate to individual site conditions.

Related Links

West Nile Virus - Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development

Mosquito Control - Health Canada

Mosquito Repellents - Health Canada

Last updated: 10/5/2015 3:01:09 PM