MRCU combats mosquitoes

If you’ve spotted the unusual sight of a red-and-white plane flying low over your neighbourhood this week, it’s no cause for alarm. The plane is from the Mosquito Research & Control Unit and is carrying out the final larviciding operations of the mosquito season.

Over the next two to three weeks the MRCU plane will fly during the day and will make low level flights to drop larvicidal pellets onto areas of swamp island-wide that breed mosquitoes.

Director of MRCU, Dr. Bill Petrie, explains that the larvicidal pellets contain a hormone that prevents mosquitoes developing into adults and they pose no threat to human or animal health.

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