A highly selective method validated by scientific research
Biological control methods for mosquitoes and black flies have been intensively studied by the scientific community. Worldwide researches demonstrated that scientifically validated programs can efficiently control biting insect populations. The biopesticide is selective and only targets mosquito and black fly larvae. It has no effect on organisms, such as fish, amphibias, birds or mammals. All our control programs are designed and managed by biologists, with the prior authorization of the concerned regulation organization (Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs).
The biological larvicide Bacillus thurigiensis israelensis (Bti) is used all over the world and more specifically in Quebec since 1982. Its usage was the subject of researches on every continent and resulted in hundreds of scientific publications by the most important world organizations. These researches unanimously demonstrated its harmlessness on a short and long term period (some studies having taken place over more than 25 years). The Bti benefits from a favourable and unanimous consent based on numerous renowned scientific researches.
The larvicide is made out of a bacteria naturally occuring in the environment of all region of the world and is not genetically modified. In addition, the Bti solutions used do not contain actual bacterias, but only certain protein components which were isolated from a Bacillus culture. Its application doesn't provoke any effect caused by foreign agents like it is the case with chemical pesticides.
This biological larvicide is perfectly safe for the environment because of its BIOLOGICAL nature and its specificity for the targeted larvae (mosquitoes and black flies). This environmental practice thus insures the preservation of humid habitats, while allowing residents to live nearby without being subject to the inconveniences. Programs, using biological larvicides, show a collective sensibilization for the preservation of natural habitats by contributing to a better balance between human activity and nature preservation.
The biological control of larval populations in aquatic environments is the most ecological and efficient means to reduce nuisance caused by these insects, by intervening at the source of the problem and without using chemical pesticides. Larval control allows citizens to reduce the actions and expenses that they currently use to face the problem; such as toxic insect repellents, citronella candles, ineffective and "not-so-ecologically-friendly" traps.
From Health Canada's website:
Mosquito larvae may also be controlled with the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis (Bti), a naturally occurring microbe-based product. Bti causes minimal impact to the environment and other insect and animal species. Commercial Bti products are available for use in private ponds and farm dugouts where no water flows out beyond the property limits.
What can we expect?
Our programs give excellent results. For example, we have reached a 95% reduction of nuisance caused by mosquitoes in Montreal's suburb and over 90% of the nuisance caused by black flies for the majority of our programs. Citizens from dozens of municipalities appreciate the control program and see it as an added value for the residents and for recreation and tourism activities.