The City of Steinbach will continue with its larviciding program this year. An environmentally friendly product called VectoBac is used, a granular substance distributed by hand or with a backpack blower. The larvicide is safe to humans, pets, fish, and most other insects, including dragonflies which play an important role in keeping the mosquito population lower. Larviciding will be conducted within a 2 km buffer zone of the city. Larviciding is one of the most effective control measures used to reduce mosquito populations. The City will larvicide throughout the summer as needed depending on stagnant water and rain.
The public will be provided with 24 hour notice of any fogging event to occur.
The City may conduct adult mosquito control (ground-based ultra low volume fogging) in 2020, if the number of mosquitoes counted in Steinbach reach and stay at a high level. Fogging would occur from streets and road allowances, and in parks and green spaces within city limits.
Presuming weather conditions are conducive, the ground based fogging would occur during the late evening and night. Fogging may occur twice in seven days. If fogging is cancelled due to weather conditions, adult mosquito control would be carried out as soon as weather permits.
The pesticide product to be used for ground spraying is Malathion dispersed by an ultra low volume aerosol sprayer. To reduce exposure during fogging:
The public may send written objections to fogging by mail to the addresses below, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at City Hall, 225 Reimer Avenue in Steinbach. Objections should be dated and must include a name, street address, and phone number and will be kept on record for the 2020 year.
City of Steinbach
225 Reimer Avenue
Steinbach, MB R5G 2J1
Pesticide / Fertilizer Section
123 Main Street, Suite 160
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A5
Please note, if you registered an objection to fogging last year (2019), you will need to register again this year. As per the Manitoba pesticides regulation, objections must be filed each year. Any objections received less than two days before a scheduled fogging will take effect for the next fogging.
The City reminds residents that they can also take actions to help keep the mosquito population down:
Public notice is hereby given that the City of Steinbach intends to conduct the following Pesticide Control Programs during 2020. Efforts will be made to minimize the use of any pesticides.
1. To control noxious weeds on road allowances, boulevards, in parks, green spaces, and cemeteries within the City of Steinbach.
The herbicides to be used include:
2. To control the following insect pests including elm bark beetles, cankerworms, rodents, mosquito larvae and mosquitoes within the City of Steinbach.
The pesticides to be used may include:
Foray (Bacillus thuringiensis)
Dipel (Bacillus thuringiensis)
Pyrate or Pyrinex
The proposed dates of application for these programs will be from April 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020.
Any person may, within 15 days after the notice is published, send a written submission to the department below, regarding the control program or register with the department their written objection to the SPECIFIC control program(s) next to their properties.
Environmental Approvals Branch
Manitoba Sustainable Development
1007 Century Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0W4
Public notice is hereby given by the City of Steinbach, that weed control is the responsibility of the property owner, agent or occupant (sec. 3, Noxious Weeds Act).
This is the Official Notice for 2020 to destroy all weeds as often as necessary to prevent growth, scattering, and ripening of the weeds and weed seeds (sec. 20, Noxious Weeds Act), in the City of Steinbach.
If weeds are not destroyed, the City of Steinbach may enter the land/property and destroy weeds (sec. 19, Noxious Weeds Act), and charge the cost of weed control to the property owner through the tax rolls (sec. 27, Noxious Weeds Act).
The City of Steinbach will make a systematic inspection and will enforce weed control. Any information on specific locations where weeds are flourishing should be brought to the attention of the City of Steinbach by phoning 204.346.6561 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
The Dutch Elm Disease program will continue this season, however please take note of Covid-19 measures that are in place for provincial staff doing the surveying and monitoring:
If you have any questions, contact Manitoba Tree Line at 204-945-7866 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A single piece of firewood can destroy millions of trees. It might seem difficult to imagine, but something as simple as bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from your favourite campsite could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees. Transportation of firewood is a common way for invasive species to spread. Hidden under the bark where you can't see them, these posts are moved across Canada.
Stored Elm wood is a breeding ground for Elm Bark Beetles. Dutch Elm Disease is a fungus carried by these beetles. For this reason, it is illegal to store or transport Elm wood in Manitoba. All stored Elm wood spreads Dutch Elm disease by breeding Elm Bark Beetles.
The City of Steinbach sprays all Elm trees every other year in late August/early September to help prevent Dutch Elm Disease. This includes trees on private property. The trees were sprayed in fall 2019, and are scheduled for basal spraying again in late August or early September 2021.
If you have stored Elm wood, please bring it directly to the Steinbach Landfill at 104 Hanover Road E. for proper disposal.
For more information, contact Manitoba Conservation at 204.945.7866 or toll free at 1-866-626-4862 or visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/forestry/ded-urban/index.html.