Everyone hates mosquitoes. But perhaps nowhere do they hate them more than in Winnipeg, Canada, which is dubbed the mosquito capital of North America according to the Wall Street Journal. The reason mosquitoes love Winnipeg stems from its nutrient-rich soil and stagnant water pools – two features that create ideal humid conditions for the insects. To combat them, locals have not only turned to conventional pesticides, but have also experimented with a wide variety of new mosquito-repelling concoctions – ranging from chrysanthemum flowers and witch hazel to the seeds of evergreen trees indigenous to India. Time will tell if any of these creative potions takes a good swat at Winnipeg’s mosquito problem.
November 1, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.