The U.S. Fish and Wildlife says it will pay to spray for mosquitoes on a newly restored salt marsh on the southern Oregon Coast, where residents and visitors have been complaining of the biting insects all summer.
The service said Friday that the declaration of a health advisory by Coos County and scientific data linking mosquitoes to the Bandon National Wildlife Refuge allows them to provide funding for spraying on refuge lands.
Coos County Commissioner John Sweet says the spraying can't start until mid-September, due to tidal conditions, and will involve an area larger than the refuge. The cost is likely to be less than $30,000.
Earlier this week, the agency said it could not pay for the spraying, though it issued a permit to Coos County to do it.