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Monday, June 4, 2012

Skeeter Deleter

Monday, June 4, 2012

If you see a helicopter hovering over the San Diego River in Santee this Wednesday, June 6, it’s probably a contractor working for the county’s Vector Control Program.

The aircraft will be dropping tiny pellets of a larvicide called VectoMax that contains two types of laboratory grown bacteria that prevent mosquito larvae from maturing into flying adults that bite.

County officials say the larvicide pellets are harmless to humans, wildlife and the riparian habitat that surrounds the river. The county's effort to control  mosquitoes is aimed at preventing the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

This will be the second aerial drop of mosquito larvicide for the 2012 mosquito breeding season. Additional applications will be conducted at four-week intervals or as needed.

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