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City continues to test garlic application to repel ticks and mosquitos

May 9, 2019 -

The City of Kingston is continuing to test the effectiveness of a 100 per cent natural garlic-based product aimed at keeping mosquitos and ticks away from the dog park areas of Grass Creek Park and Rotary Park.

This natural repellant, not harmful to people or animals, has a powerful effect on mosquitos and ticks and will be applied every three to four weeks throughout the spring, summer and fall.

"These insects have a sense of smell that is 10,000 times more sensitive than ours and, lucky for us, they don't like garlic," says Troy Stubinski, operations manager.

Grass Creek and Rotary dog parks were chosen as pilot locations because of their settings and popularity as destinations for residents and their pets. The garlic-based spray will also be applied on the side of the road and sidewalk along Centennial Drive between Crossfield and Atkinson to see if it will keep geese from walking across the street and creating a traffic hazard. Geese do not like the taste of the repellant on the grass they eat.

Staff will use the information gathered to identify resource and budget requirements to expand use of the garlic-based repellant to other key locations.

The City reminds residents that many parks have planned naturalized areas intentionally left to grow wild. Please, keep to pathways to enjoy non-wild walks and avoid ticks.

Visit these KFL&A Public Health webpages to learn how to protect your family and pets from:

Read more information on this pilot project.