Aerial Assault Planned for Mosquito Outbreak

By Associated Press | 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials are planning an aerial assault against a significant mosquito infestation around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in far western Kentucky.

The state Department of Agriculture says it will work with private contractors to spray an area within two miles around the lakes between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers to the north and U.S. 68 to the south. The department says about 133,249 acres will be treated.

One of the contractors says no special precautions are necessary during the application.

Heavy rains in the area are blamed for the infestation.

Department officials met with representatives of Gov. Steve Beshear's administration to put together the plan to combat the mosquito outbreak.

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the infestation was too big for his department to control from the ground.

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