Changing The Anti-Mosquito Formula

May 13, 2014

Credit Centers for Disease Control

A problem spot for mosquitoes on the Oregon coast will get limited spraying this year, AND some re-engineering to remove places where stagnant water can collect.

The mosquito issue on the Oregon coast flared again recently, even before the mosquitoes are out in force. 

Last summer's mosquitoes at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge harassed residents and tourists alike. 

The restoration of wetlands in the marsh provided new breeding habitat for the bloodsucking insects.  The federal Fish & Wildlife Service made plans to use a cocktail of pesticides this year, but revised the plans to include only a biological pesticide. 

The change came at the urging of the Xerces Society; a member of that group joins us to explain.