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Brandon-area insect control district completes largest spraying in 10 years

The Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen-Pittsford Insect Control District, known as BLSG, has just completed the largest aerial treatment in 10-plus years equaling 5,496 acres, according to BLSG Coordinator Will Mathis. This is in addition to the 2,408 acres aerial treated this past May 12. 
The latest insect treatment was conducted July 8 by a North Fork Helicopter out of Long Island, N.Y.
“The Argo (helicopter) is an incredible machine that has helped tremendously with operations. Although it does have its limits,” Mathis said. 
In addition to the aerial treatments, the BLSG has eight employees working six days a week who are trained to trap, sample, treat and spray for insects in the area. 
“Spraying usually takes place once a week depending on the light trap counts and citizens’ complaints,” Mathis explained.
Whether it is due to BLSG efforts or something else, officials at the Keewaydin summer camp on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury say the mosquito problem has not been bad for a while.
“Bugs have not been an issue at Keewaydin since mid-June,” Pete Hare, camp director for Keewaydin, commented via email.
Mathis was optimistic, but he was still keeping an eye on a mosquito hatch expected just after the July 8 larvicide application.
“So far we have a handle on the situation,” he said.
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