Del. begins annual mosquito spraying

Delaware is starting its annual spring woodland-pool spraying this week.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says its mosquito control section will treat wooded wetlands near select populated areas in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

Officials say about 4,000 to 7,000 forested acres that produce large numbers of early season mosquitoes will be strategically sprayed by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

Mosquito Control Administrator William Meredith says colder weather has delayed development of larvae, but it won't keep adults from emerging eventually. He says the extent of wet woodlands this spring brings the potential for a lot of mosquitoes.






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