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New restrictions for mosquito spraying

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WASHINGTON--  A few months back the Department of Ecology said it was considering new restrictions for mosquito spraying.  One of their main concerns was the amount of pesticides hitting state waters.

And one way to limit the amount of pesticides is to limit the type of adult mosquitoes that can be legally sprayed.  And that's what had our local mosquito district speaking up against--separating nuisance and disease carrying mosquitoes.  After listening to the complaints, Ecology released today their new plans--and it will not distinguish between nuisance and disease carrying mosquitoes.

"Where we are now, today, is we heard loud and clear from them, we've changed the permits based on their feedback," explains Sandy Howard with the Department of Ecology.  "We have a new mosquito permit that protects public health and the environment.  And it's one the mosquito districts tell us is workable for them."

Ecology will have several workshops in the coming weeks, that way you'll better understand what exactly you can expect for mosquito control in your area.

For any questions locally, contact the Benton County Mosquito Control District at 967-2414.