Repelling Ticks & Mosquitos
The City is testing 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.
- Keeping geese from walking across the road on Centennial Drive between Crossfield and Atkinson
This natural repellant, not harmful to people or animals, has a powerful effect on mosquitos and ticks (who don't like the smell) and on geese (who don't like the taste of it on grass-clippings) and will be applied every three to four weeks throughout the summer and fall.
If the tests are 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.
Why is the City testing a repellant?
The City is seeking way to diminish the risks to the public associated with ticks, mosquitos and wandering geese. Ticks, known to be active in the Kingston area, are associated with Lyme disease. Mosquitos can carry West Nile Virus. Wandering geese are only a risk if they are crossing streets with heavy traffic.
Visit these KFL&A Public Health webpages to learn how to protect your family and pets from:
Will the garlic-based repellant smell?
The repellant is meant to work on insects and geese, not humans! Insects have a much more sensitive sense of smell than humans. Geese do not like the taste of the repellant on the grass they eat. Humans may detect the smell of the repellant, but only immediately after it has been applied.
What other species or pest could be affected by the repellant?
The garlic-based repellant is known to ward off a number of insects and animals including ticks, mosquitos, geese, grasshoppers and rabbits.
Will the City consider using this repellant in other situations?
The repellant is being used to help ensure the safety of residents, drivers, dogs and geese! If it proves to be effective, the City will consider expanding use of the garlic-based repellant to other key locations in 2019.
Is the repellant safe?
View the Material Safety Data Sheet for the garlic-based repellant being tested by the City.