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Local counties begin spraying for mosquitoes

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

It was a beehive of activity at Midland County's Barstow Airport this morning.

Several planes loaded up with larvicide. It will be dropped over more than 90,000 acres of seasonally flooded woodlots in Bay and Midland County. The corn pellets will kill mosquito larvae.

This larvicide kills baby skeeters and it benefits other denizens of woodland lots.

Officials said the insecticide is called BTI, which is basically a ground up corn cob granule. The product hits the water then the corn cob sinks to the bottom of the water and the bacteria that's in it will spread to the rest of the water. The mosquito eats it and the larvae will die, yet the other insects that are in the water will use that for food.

Bay and Midland County will each spend around $3,000 on the spray operations over the next seven to 10 days. It's imperative that the larvae die during that time frame.

"We get just one time, one shot at this mosquito larva in the woodlots and it has to be right," said Tom Putt, Bay County Mosquito Control employee.

The day started off perfectly for the operation.

"Winds are low, temperatures are warm, which is always nice, so we've got a good start," said Rebecca Brandt, Bay County Mosquito Control employee.

Saginaw County also begins it's mosquito spraying campaign this week.

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