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Mosquito counts pick up some after Hermine

Mosquito counts in Gloucester had been down recently, but have increased following the recent visit from Tropical Storm Hermine, said Wes McIntyre, who heads the county’s mosquito control program.

McIntyre, Gloucester’s director of buildings and grounds, said that he has tried to tackle mosquito control a bit differently this year, following a wet spring. The regular plan is to run two trucks through the designated mosquito control districts Monday through Friday, but when it rains or is windy the regular routes might be reconfigured so that the control can be done elsewhere in the districts that aren’t experiencing those weather conditions.

Also, McIntyre said he started the season with larvicide briquettes placed in many ditches, followed by spray of the compound Duet. In the past few years, he said, Biomist was sprayed early in the year, followed by Duet as the temperatures warmed up. Both Duet and Biomist help control adult mosquitoes.

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