Spraying of Nature Preserve OKed in Fight Against Mosquitoes

The millions of mosquitoes that have plagued the town of Österfärnebo in southern Gästrikland may soon see their last days. Sweden’s Minister for the Environment, Andreas Carlgreen, has just given the green light for spraying the area with USA-made pesticides.

Although neighboring towns were sprayed with the pesticide BTI three weeks ago, the area around Österfärnebo was deliberately skipped because of its location in a nature preserve.

In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Österfärnebo resident Maria Brook described the mosquito-ridden area as “hell.”

The pesticide spraying will begin as soon as the Chemical Inspection Administration gives formal permission.