Mosquito Talks Begin On The Oregon Coast

Dec 5, 2013

Most of the buzzing has stopped now, but talks have begun for next year's mosquito season along the Southern Oregon coast.

Credit Centers for Disease Control

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have asked for a budget by December 12th to cover mosquito monitoring and abatement next year at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

A seasonal worker may be hired to monitor the land three days per week during the peak season, which runs between April and October. The worker would monitor the mosquito breed and population, as well as diseases.

The county could begin aerial spraying in April and it would be done by a contractor.

The Coos Bay World reports the Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to have some plans approved in January or February, but won't be able to begin creating about five miles of tidal channels until June or July.

This year mosquitoes in the Refuge caused a major problem for the region. The count, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and federal agencies covered the cost of abatement and aerial spraying.

Commissioners will select a citizen advisory board by early next year for public input on the issue.