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Washoe County starts mosquito abatement via helicopter

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The Washoe County Health District began its mosquito abatement treatments on Wednesday in south Reno.

A helicopter applied a larvicide that officials say has no effect on people, fish or other non-target organisms.

Health officials say the application of properly-timed larvicide kills larvae before they can develop into flying, biting, disease-transmitting mosquitoes.

Officials are planning more abatement than normal this year due to the record winter and the resulting increase in standing water around the region.

The Health District has also started monitoring mosquitoes for the transmission of diseases like Zika.

More larvicide is expected to be applied in July, August and September to cover about 3,100 acres, from the North Valleys to Spanish Springs.

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