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La Crosse County considering big cut in mosquito control funds

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Also proposing to spend more on treating abused animals 

Decades ago, many towns used to send trucks down the street on summer nights, spraying a white fog to kill mosquitoes.

In La Crosse County, that practice was replaced by vector control programs, using bacteria to kill mosquito larvae.

Now, however, even that type of mosquito control is being questioned.

The La Crosse County board is being asked to reduce its mosquito-killing efforts, because there’s little proof that it cuts down on insect-borne illness.

The recommendation calls for contracting with a private company for any insect control needed to reduce illnesses like encephalitis or Lyme disease.

The health and human services board is also considering spending more on housing and treatment for abused animals.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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