- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Technicians in southwest Oregon’s Jackson County are going after larvae instead of adult mosquitoes in their control efforts this year.

Jackson County Vector Control manager and biologist Jim Lunders said verifying what types of mosquitoes are present and then targeting those insects at their source will help eliminate populations, the Mail Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1dXJxbh ).

“You can’t just go spray for adult mosquitoes anymore,” Lunders said. “We need to be going out and finding these larval sources and controlling the mosquitoes there first.”

New federal environmental guidelines prompted the changed policy.

“We were transitioning this way anyway,” he said. “It’s just a better way to do what we do.”

Lunders said the agency got about 3,000 calls for service last year that mostly dealt with returning adult populations.

“Once we know all the larval sources have been controlled in that area … then we’ll do adult mosquito application,” Lunders says. “We’re trying to fix the problem rather than just put a Band-Aid.”

Vector Control officials are encouraging the public to eliminate standing water sources that can yield new mosquitoes in seven days.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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