The pests have invaded the City of Yorkton and crews are doing what
they can to try to minimize the discomfort of residents. Crews are
out with mosquito control and the program will be ongoing for the
rest of the summer. Crews are finding that standing water is drying
up, thus creating less sites for mosquitoes to hatch. Once crews can
control the City within a couple of days, crews will then move out
to other areas outside the City limits. There are a lot of
mosquitoes and not a lot of standing water in the areas around the
City. Residents are asked to monitor standing water in and around
their yards and report any standing water on City properties.
Tent caterpillar worms are out and have been so for about 3
weeks. Crews are out in the wee hours of the morning spraying trees
for the worms. The product being used is Ambush. The worms will
defoliate trees with most trees re-leafing within a couple of weeks.
Caterpillars should last for a couple of weeks; then they turn into
moths that will lay eggs for next spring. On private trees, products
such as Maliathon and Diazanon can be used for effective control of
the worms. Users should follow label directions when applying the
It's dandelion season and there has been some outcry for the
weed. The ideal control for dandelion control is herbicide and the
City Parks Department is trying to minimize the amount of the
chemical we are using. In the weed control program, the City Parks
Department will be using a couple of approaches to weed control.
Using chemical is one method of control but we are also
incorporating a plant health care program that includes establishing
strong turf through aeration, fertilization, high grass cutting
height and grass cutting during seeding time. Chemicals being used
for weed control would be Killex, Target and Roundup. Crews will be
out over the next couple of months doing weed control. All areas
will be posted and users are asked to respect the signs.
If you have any questions on issues in the Parks Department,
contact the office at 786-1754.