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Kanata residents to pay to kill mosquitos this year

Four-year mosquito control program will cost about $35 per household in the affected area.

Kanata Coun. Marianne Wilkinson drummed up a special levy to address the mosquito problem in her ward.

Kanata Coun. Marianne Wilkinson drummed up a special levy to address the mosquito problem in her ward.

Kanata residents may soon be able to mow their lawns without hordes of pesky mosquitos buzzing around their heads.

Councillors approved a new four-year mosquito control program to squash the bloodsuckers. Starting next year, the city will spray a biological treatment, Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis, or Bti, that destroys the stomachs and larvae of mosquitos. Health Canada has deemed it safe for humans, animals and non-mosquito insects.

Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, who developed the plan, drummed up a special levy of about $35 per household for the program.

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