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Updated: 13th November 2019 16:23 Calgary

Mosquito invasion could be coming, warns city

Load up on the bug spray, the city's pest management says we could be in for a surge in the mosquito population.

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Clear out standing water in yards, have bug spray on hand

James Borrow, of the city's pest management team, says there could be a large spike in the mosquito population. (CBC)

Load up on the bug spray, the city's pest management manager says we could be in for a surge in the mosquito population.

James Borrow says recent rains have filled up ponds and created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

He also says the key will be if rains continue and if we get warm temperatures.

"Well the technicians have been out and they’re finding larvae out of there," says Borrow.

"If we get some really good warm weather, with those ponds being full, we could see something in as short as a week or 10 days."

Mosquito populations have been down in Calgary so far this year, which Borrow attributes to the dry weather early this season.

"We would encourage people to empty any containers that may be in their yard that are full of water, clean out your rain gutters so they’re not holding any rain water and that water is flowing freely out of there,"

If you've got a rain barrel, Borrow suggests adding one to two teaspoons of olive oil to kill any mosquito larvae.

As for ornamental pools, he says a few hungry goldfish will keep them larvae free.

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