Ag concerns alter mosquito spraying

9-3-13-mosquito marsh
A $10 million marsh restoration in Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has created a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes. (Screen capture from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service informational video)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Complaints from cranberry growers concerned about pesticides tainting their crops have prompted Coos County commissioners to change their plans for aerial spraying to control mosquitoes on the Southern Oregon coast.

A mosquito is sorted according to species and gender before testing at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas, Friday, May 11, 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
FILE – A mosquito is sorted according to species and gender before testing at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas, Friday, May 11, 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The commission voted Wednesday to go ahead with plans to spray a granular pesticide on more than 300 acres of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge to kill mosquito larvae.

But Chairman John Sweet says cranberry growers raised concerns that contamination from pesticides would make it impossible to sell their crops.

So the county decided to cancel plans for spraying to kill adult mosquitoes on a larger area.

The cranberries are are close to being harvested.

Newly restored marshes on the refuge have been blamed for a massive infestation of mosquitoes around Bandon, Ore.

— The Associated Press

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