If it seems early to be spraying for mosquitoes you're right. Metropolitan Mosquito Control had choppers up this morning about 14 days ahead of schedule. Executive Director Jim Stark says, "the earliest we've treated was April 21st. The mosquitos start to develop when the water gets warmer. We've got warm weather so they're developing earlier." However, Stark says we can expect a typical year when it comes to the mosquito population because weather conditions have been so dry in recent weeks. Little moisture means less bugs.
Three helicopters were up in the air. One was filling up in St Louis Park at the parking lot at Louisiana Oaks Park. While gassing up, workers ran in to fill the chopper with B-T-I, a bacterium used to kill the blood letting bugs in their larvae stage. Choppers were up targeting wetlands of which there are 70-thousand around the Metro. Crews working out of St.