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Helicopter crews take on mosquitos

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Chances are you've had at least one mosquito bite this season, like 8-year-old Lizzie.

"It's right here on my finger," says Lizzie. "I kinda like them....but not that much because they bite you."

She's glad to see helicopters flying over the Eden Prairie park where she swings with her sister. "They fly really low.

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has been unable to put helicopters in the air as much as needed because of so much rain and wind throughout May. Yet all that rain has created a breeding haven for mosquitoes.

"We are probably over about half the number of acres that we normally spend the whole season treating, and it's only the first of June," says spokesman Mike McLean.

If the rain and pace continue crews will have to become more selective how far beyond the busiest cities they can cover.

"The next few days if we are able to get out there and treat those sites we should be able to keep numbers down to something that is very comfortable," says McLean.

Crews were able to spread their mosquito killing sand like substance from the air and ground much of the day Wednesday and Thursday. Even if conditions are ideal they will not be able to put the helicopter in the air much of the day on Friday because of restriction connected toe President Obama's visit to Minnesota.

If your neighborhood is bothered my mosquitoes you can make a request for a survey at http://www.mmcd.org/ At the website you can also see where crews will be treating next.


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