West Nile larviciding begins, no dead bird collection

Mosquito. (Photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / chungking)

There will be no collection of dead birds as part of West Nile virus surveillance this year.

Lambton Public Health has dropped the service.

The health unit said if a dead bird is found on your property, pick it up with gloves or a bag and dispose of it with the regular garbage.

The summer task of catch basin larviciding designed to control mosquito larvae and reduce the incidence of West Nile virus in Lambton County started Monday.

Health Protection Supervisor Lori Lucas said it’s just one measure to impede mosquito breeding.

“What Lambton Public Health recommends and encourages residents to do, is to remove stagnant water in and around their properties,” says Lucas. “Keep your eaves clear of debris to avoid water from being trapped in there, removing old tires, turning over pails, toys, wheelbarrows and changer water in birdbaths weekly.”

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority has been contracted by the County of Lambton to apply the larvicide under a Ministry of Environment and Climate Change permit.

Vehicles will be equipped with a flashing yellow rooftop light, West Nile virus signs and a “Makes Frequent Stops” caution sign.

Mosquito trap surveillance and testing begin in early July.

More information about West Nile Virus and dead bird disposal can be found here.