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New $3.4M helicopter boosts program targeting mosquito larvae

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Collier residents will soon see a new red, white and blue helicopter overhead to help fight the bite of mosquitoes.

Collier Mosquito Control District purchased a $3.4 million Bell 407 to apply BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis), expanding its larvicide program to target mosquito larvae in standing water. BTI is a bacterium found in soils that affects larvae and is not toxic to humans, animals or plants. It’s also approved for organic farming.

The aircraft accommodates over twice the capacity as the district’s current helicopter. This will increase the efficiency of treating larger areas as the district continues to grow.

– Robin King, Collier Mosquito Control District

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