The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) will begin helicopter treatments today, Tuesday, April 22 to prevent mosquitoes from getting a head start this summer.
Motorists might see sprayers from vehicles, but should pay attention to the road as they drive.
Minnesota is home to more than 50 mosquito species. Some of these mosquitoes develop in shallow pools of water left over from the spring snow melt. MMCD helicopters will be treating around 1,500 acres of large breeding sites with mosquito growth regulators to prevent these mosquito larvae from developing into biting adults. Small breeding sites are being treated by hand.
To find out where these helicopter treatments are taking place, call MMCD’s “Bite Line”(651) 643-8383, or visit www.mmcd.org. Information on the helicopter hotline and web site is always posted immediately prior to treatment.
MMCD also reminds folks to keep mosquito development in mind when doing Spring yard and garden cleanup. Clean up water-holding containers, especially old tires. For information about reducing problems caused by mosquitoes, black flies or ticks, please call MMCD (651) 645-9149, or visit www.mmcd.org.