About the program
The Regional Nuisance Mosquito Control Program provides effective management of the insects through control of mosquito larvae in an environmentally-friendly manner and to reduce the potential risk of West Nile Virus or other mosquito transmitted disease. The program is designed to control mosquitos, not eliminate them.
The Regional District administers this ongoing program on public lands in:
- Lake Country
- Westbank First Nation
- Central Okanagan East Electoral Area
- Small area of West Kelowna Estates in the City of West Kelowna
How it works
From April through September, known breeding locations throughout the participating areas of the region are inspected for signs of mosquito larvae. Duka Environmental Services helps to provide mosquito control services. Staff regularly sample over 300 known mosquito development sites. During late June and July, the program also controls larval development by monitoring, and if necessary treating approximately 12,000 roadside catch basins located along public roadways and residential streets. These are treated by technicians using scooters. 2022 Curbside Catch basin program
If active breeding is found, environmentally-friendly larvicide pellets are spread into the water, which kills the larvae within 24 hours. The areas are visited regularly to ensure there are no new hatches.
The areas that can be treated are specifically licensed under Provincial regulations. The Regional District is in contact with public health officials and those from member municipalities to monitor the breeding conditions.
Report a problem
Report a nuisance mosquito area:
Actions you can take to reduce nuisance mosquitoes
Reduce mosquito bites