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Garlic used to purge pests

TAYLOR, B.C.—Folklore says a bulb of garlic will repel a vampire, but a northwestern B.C. community believes the pungent vegetable is the answer to fighting a smaller but equally blood-thirsty pest.

The District of Taylor has approved a pilot project to apply an environmentally-friendly but potent garlic solution to several areas around town in hopes of wiping out mosquitoes.

The solution is 99 percent garlic, and Taylor councillors have been assured it can kill mosquito larvae while the leftover sulphurs are undetectable by humans but deter adult mosquitoes for weeks.

Several baseball diamonds in Taylor will be sprayed first, and the concoction also will be applied around the downtown core.

Based on costs and results, Taylor council intends to expand the pilot project in 2017.

Taylor joins a handful of Canadian communities, including Leduc, Alta. and Huntsville, Ont., in using garlic to eradicate pests.

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