Agency Allows Pesticides Use In Wildlife Refuge To Tackle Mosquito Problem

Aug 28, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to allow Coos County to apply pesticides within the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

A restoration project at the refuge turned more than 400 acres of diked land back into marsh in 2011. It added new habitat for fish and wildlife, but it also created new breeding grounds for mosquitoes.  Roy Lowe manages wildlife refuges on the Oregon Coast for the Fish and Wildlife Service. He says his agency took action after a Coos County public health advisory on the mosquito problem.

Lowe: "We'd been receiving lots of calls and e-mails from people who were receiving a lot of bites from mosquitoes. We're looking at a long term project to change the habitat, but in the short term we wanted to give some relieve to the local community and the visitors there in the local area."

Lowe says the agency has drained some artificial ponds leftover from the restoration project in an effort to reduce mosquito breeding habitat. 

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