West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a disease mainly spread to people through an infected mosquito's bite. Mosquitoes can become infected by feeding on the blood of birds that carry the virus. Not all mosquitoes carry West Nile virus. The virus does not spread from person to person.
We monitor and control West Nile virus (WNV) in Brantford and Brant County by:
- Monitor weekly for mosquitoes in storm sewer catch basins and storm water management ponds
- Monitor weekly for mosquitoes within neighbourhoods
- Treat catch basins and storm water management ponds with pesticides to reduce the number of mosquitoes
Within the City of Brantford there is a standing water bylaw to ensure that water does not accumulate and provide a place for mosquitoes to live. Standing water is when water sits still and is not moving or circulating for more than 48 hours or 2 days. This bylaw is in effect from May 1 to September 30 of each year. Public health inspectors enforce the standing water bylaw.
Examples of standing water are:
The bylaw does not apply to natural land forms like ponds and marshlands.
For the full bylaw see Article 28 of Chapter 465 Property Standards bylaw
Report standing water complaints to us at 519-753-4937 ext. 444.
Some birds, including crows and jays, may catch and die from West Nile virus. To report a bird who may have died from WNV, phone the
Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre at 1-866-673-4781.