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Monday, May 7, 2012

Buzz Kill: Mosquito Abatement Chopper to Visit Santee

Monday, May 7, 2012

The county’s Vector Control helicopter will be hovering over Santee on Wednesday, May 9 to deposit an anti-mosquito larvicide in vegetation surrounding ponds in the San Diego River and at Sycamore Creek.
The small pellets to be dropped contain two types of bacteria that target mosquito larvae, preventing them from maturing into biting adult insects.
County officials said the VectoMax larvicide affects only mosquito larvae and is harmless to humans, wildlife and vegetation.
Aerial applications of the larvicide are done about ever four weeks between May and September at more than 40 locations countywide with stagnant or slow-moving water favored by mosquitoes.
The county’s “Fight the Bite” campaign is aimed at reducing the risk to humans of mosquito-borne illnesses.You can read more about the program at the Department of Environmental Health website.

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