Updated: 04/22/2014 3:05 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 1:50 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Before mosquitos have time to hatch, help is on the way for Minnesotans.
The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District began helicopter treatments on Tuesday. The state is home to over 50 different mosquito species. The helicopters will treat around 1,500 acres of large breeding sites to prevent larvae from growing into biting adults.
Sites in Chanhassen, Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, Shoreview, Savage and Afton, among others, have been identified as problem areas.
They work by applying a pellet containing a bacterium to wetlands and large areas of standing water that prevent larvae from growing into adult bugs. The district does not spray insecticides to control adult mosquitos.
Small breeding sites will be treated by hand.
The control district said residents can help stop mosquitos by cleaning out water holding containers, especially old tires.