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City to test garlic application to repel ticks and mosquitos

June 20, 2018 -

The City of Kingston is going test the effectiveness of a 100 per cent natural garlic-based product aimed at keeping mosquitos and ticks away from the dog park area of Grass Creek 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 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. We are hoping this is effective because everyone wants to avoid coming into contact with ticks in particular as we know they are active in this area," says Troy Stubinski, operations manager.

Grass Creek Park was chosen as a pilot location because of its rural setting and popularity as a destination for residents and their pets. The garlic-based spray will also be tested along 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.

If the test is successful, staff will use the information gathered to identify resource and budget requirements to expand use of the garlic-based repellant to other key locations in 2019.

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:

For more information on this pilot project, go to: www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/environment-sustainability/nature-forests-gardens/ticks-mosquitos.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.