A homeowner in Key Largo posted this sign in response to Oxitec’s plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Keys in an effort to reduce the wild population of disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

KEY LARGO — A local effort has emerged to exclude Key Largo from a test release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes planned for the spring.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District have approved a release of United Kingdom-based biotech company Oxitec’s GMO insects in an effort to battle the disease-carrying wild mosquito population by effectively breeding it out of existence.