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Delaware Workers Help Reduce Mosquitoes

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DOVER, Del.- It is almost time for blood-thirsty pests to emerge, but before mosquitoes find their next meal, workers with the Division of Fish and Wildlife want to stop them in their tracks.

"We have a unique habitat with forested wetlands that we do this time of year for nuisance control," said Tom Moran, fish and wildlife regional manager with the Mosquito Control Section of Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Workers fueled up a helicopter on Thursday and filled a large white container attached to the helicopter with insecticide to spray areas populated with mosquito larvae.

The goal is to spray chemicals in forested wetlands to give some folks who live nearby some relief.

The chemical called BTI. It is a liquid bacterial insecticide that's toxic to a mosquito's digestive system. It keeps mosquitoes from ever emerging as adult flying biting mosquitoes.

"It's a bacterial insecticide that we actually apply to the water on the forest floor of mosquito larvae are living. They eat the spores of that bacterium. It causes a peritonitis in their stomach linings and kills the mosquito larvae," said Moran.

According to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, 57 species of mosquitoes are found in Delaware. Nineteen are aggressive biters. The remaining 38 do not feed on humans.

"We have a lot more domestic mosquitoes causing problems in urban and suburban areas which are your backyard container-type breeding mosquitoes," said Moran.

Workers spray anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 acres of forested wetlands.

Coastal wetlands are expected to be sprayed with mosquito control chemicals sometime in May.

It's an attempt to keep those tiny pesky creatures from feeding.

Moran says people should always protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and wearing mosquito repellent.

Moran says anyone who experiences mosquito problems can call (302) 836-2555 if you live in northern Kent and New Castle counties.

If you live in southern Kent and Sussex counties, you can call (302) 422-1512.

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