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Aggressive Wellfleet mosquitos will not be back this summer

Sarah Mizes-Tan

The massive number of mosquitos that plagued Wellfleet last summer should not be back again this summer.

That is according to Gabrielle Sakolsky, the superintendent of the Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project.

The type of mosquitos that bloomed in Wellfleet last summer can live in brackish water. They will fly up to ten miles for a blood meal, Sakolsky said.

This makes them more aggressive than the mosquitos that come out of the lawn at dusk.

Sakolsky says her staff worked extra hours to clear access paths and small channels in the Duck Harbor area, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

That’s where stagnant water collected last summer after an "overwash" event. Then the mosquitos emerged.

“We put in a lot of work down there,” she said.

“And I have to say I’m feeling very optimistic about it. We have ditches open. Last week I saw fish running through those ditches and into different areas.”

The fish are important because they eat mosquito larvae.

Sakolsky has asked the Cape Cod National Seashore for permission to use larvicide if needed this spring.

The Seashore has not yet granted that request.

“Elsa Partan is a producer and newscaster with CAI. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.