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New small stream gnats unable to be treated in 2020, potentially causing more human bites

New small stream gnats unable to be treated in 2020, potentially causing more human bites Photo: KSTP.

KSTP
Updated: May 14, 2020 11:48 AM
Created: May 14, 2020 09:58 AM

A human-biting species of gnats, similar to the ones hovering around Minnesota as the temperature rises, will not be able to be treated in 2020 in small streams, where the species continues to grow. 

The aggressive biters have free rein because the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) doesn't own a permit from the Department of Natural Resources to treat the particular species yet. A spokesperson tells KSTP receiving approval from the DNR is a long process, so the focus is on 2021 to treat this species.

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