MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The snow is finally gone, which can only mean that it’s time to get ready for mosquito season.
Helicopters with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District were already out and spraying for the pests on Tuesday.READ MORE: First Major Snowfall Brings Avalanche Of Wintery Pics
The choppers drop pellets of methoprene, an insecticide which kills off mosquito larvae.READ MORE: State Patrol: 260+ Crashes As Snow Coats Minnesota Roads
Officials say those larvae can start to hatch as soon as the snow starts to melt.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: 'Heavy, Heavy, Heavy Snow' To Hit Northeastern Minnesota
This week’s first mosquito raid was about a week later than normal, due to lingering cold and snow.