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New regulations proposed could change mosquito control

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash--  The Department of Ecology wants to control the amount of pesticide that hits our waters, specifically dealing with *nuisance* mosquitoes.

There are diseased mosquitoes and nuisance mosquitoes.  In a nutshell, it would limit the amount of house calls the Benton County Mosquito Control District makes.  Leaders with the West Richland office tell us for more than 40 years they've been spraying mosquitoes with trace amounts of pesticides.  But they're concerned ecology's proposed changes would keep them from ridding Tri-Citians of their pesky insect problem.

"What we want to do is we get mosquitoes, we have an idea they could be disease causing, we go out and we treat them.  With this process, we're going to have a week delay, 2 weeks delay, before we can prove that they're diseased before we can go spray them," says Angela Balint, District Manager for the Benton County Mosquito Control District.

During peak season, the district can get up to 70 calls a day for mosquito control.  Ecology wants to keep the waters safe, but Balint insists the district's pesticides *are* safe.

So what do you think?  There's a public meeting next month in Moses Lake and you can also write the Department of Ecology. 


E-Mail Ecology:

Meeting: Moses Lake Fire Department, March 9th, 1 p.m.