Sunday, May 04, 2014

Minnesota: Helicopters Flying Low across Metro Sunday for Mosquito Control

Twin Cities residents seeing low flying helicopters across the metro Sunday can blame mosquitoes.

The state is home to over 50 different mosquito species. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District helicopters are treating large breeding sites to prevent larvae from growing into biting adults.

They work by applying a pellet containing a bacterium to wetlands and large areas of standing water that prevent larvae from growing into adult bugs. Treatments began in April.

The control district said residents can help stop mosquitos by cleaning out water holding containers, especially old tires.

Look here to see if your neighborhood is being treated.


A picture of a mosquito control helicopter tweeted to @KSTP on Sunday. - Photo: Twitter/@BrookeHenrich