Winnipeg: Enough malathion for 2.5x foggings

Winnipeg only has enough malathion to spray the city two and a half times this summer.

That’s because the manufacturer of the mosquito-killing poison wants Winnipeg to sign an indemnification waiver before the city can purchase it.

City Hall refused and turned to Saskatchewan to purchase nearly 70 leaky 10-litre jugs last fall.

Those have been sitting in storage since 2003.

Winnipeg hopes to switch to an environmentally friendly product called DeltaGard for 2017, but Health Canada hasn’t approved its use yet.

It could help eliminate fogging buffer zones.

The city says it is expecting a spike in tent caterpillar populations late this spring.

—Andrew McCrea,

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