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Mosquitoes

Mosquito preparing to bite a person.

Surrey's Nuisance Mosquito Control Program has been in place for many years. The program is managed by Metro Vancouver on behalf of five member municipalities:

  • City of Surrey
  • Township of Langley
  • Maple Ridge
  • Coquitlam
  • Pitt Meadows

The goal of the program is to regulate mosquito populations to tolerable levels using environmentally friendly integrated pest management techniques to reduce nuisance mosquito populations. Our program targets primarily the control of floodwater mosquitoes that can emerge in very large numbers in the spring and early summer, usually following the spring freshet caused by snow melting in the mountains, which can lead to extreme annoyance to residents, businesses and vistors.

Monitoring Mosquito Habitats

Mosquito habitats may be identified through targeted routine monitoring and responses to citizen concerns. Monitoring occurs during the mosquito season (generally May through September). This involves strategic sampling of wetted areas suspected to be occupied by mosquito larvae.  Monitoring of the identified areas is performed regularly throughout the season by qualified contractor mosquito technicians.

Control of Mosquito Larvae

If larvae numbers become too high, population management may be done using bacterial Bacillus larvicides. The larvicide toxins are highly specific and will not affect humans, pets, birds, fish and other non-target organisms. They provide long-term residual control of mosquito larvae. Larvicides are regulated in Canada and the products are used according to provisions of the product label.

The larvicides used for mosquito control in Surrey are VectoBac and Vectolex. The mosquito control contractor for the Nuisance Mosquito Control Program is Culex Environmental. They're responsible for executing the program on behalf of Metro Vancouver and the five member municipalities.

Culex Environmental takes calls from residents within the 5 member municipalities on their Mosquito Hotline at 604-872-1912. Call the Mosquito Hotline to report areas of potential concern regarding mosquitoes and to get more specific information about the Nuisance Mosquito Control Program.

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNv) is a mosquito-borne disease that cycles between mosquitoes and birds and can infect people and other animals through mosquito bites. Through biting different animal hosts, a few species are capable of transmitting certain diseases and parasites to which mammals, including humans, are potentially susceptible.

Due to the lack of any serious outbreaks of WNv in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, and following directives from the BC Centre foir Disease Control and Fraser Health Authority in 2012, municipalities are no longer conducting WNv risk reduction programs.

Reduce the Risk of Mosquito Bites

The best protection is to avoid mosquito bites and reduce mosquito populations in your home and yard. We recommend:

  • Use insect repellent when outdoors
  • Avoid mosquito-laden areas during dawn and dusk
  • Wear loose, light coloured clothing when outdoors, including long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • Apply tight-fitting, well maintained screens to doors and windows
  • Keep your lawn regularly mowed to decrease mosquito rest areas
  • Eliminate or regularly changing any sources of stagnant water around your home such as saucers under flower pots, bird baths, wading pools, boat tarpaulins, and other areas where rainwater may collect

Prevent Mosquito Breeding

In order to prevent mosquito breeding, we recommend these tips:

  • Dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, plastic sheeting, or other containers that collect and hold water
  • Clean bird baths regularly
  • Repair leaky plumbing and outside faucets
  • Clean out leaves and other debris blocking and holding water in roof gutters
  • Empty your pets' water dishes daily
  • Water lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days
  • Empty or cover swimming and wading pools when not in use

For more information regarding Surrey's Nuisance Mosquito Control Program, contact Culex Environmental or the Nuisance Mosquito Control Hotline at 604-872-1912.