LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — Wet spring weather in Oregon has been good for mosquitoes in the central part of the state.
The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reports that Deschutes County is spraying along the Little Deschutes River near La Pine to control a bumper crop of the bugs.
Officials say minor flooding along the river left plenty of standing water along the banks, the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Managers for the Four Rivers Vector Control District has been spraying along the Little Deschutes River by hand since the end of March, but had to move to helicopter spraying this week to keep up with the breeding levels.
The mosquitoes are being sprayed with DTI, a biological pesticide that won’t harm amphibians, fish and birds.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com