NJ Spending Millions to Battle Pesky Mosquitoes

TRENTON (AP) -

New Jersey will spend more than $10 million this year to battle pesky, potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Each of New Jersey’s 21 counties is legally mandated to maintain a mosquito-control commission tasked with tracking and controlling the insect population as best it can. The state recently opened a new hatchery for larva-eating minnows. The state also uses environmentally approved insecticide fogs and pellets, but more than 90 percent of those pesticides only kill larvae — not flying insects.

The Department of Health said stopping the mosquitoes from breeding and blocking larvae from hatching is “a far better approach than trying to kill the adults.”