GMO sign

Key Largo resident Kim Sikora has been distributing anti-genetically modified mosquito signs to homeowners who request them.

KEY LARGO — Anxiety among some residents over the pending release of hundreds of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes next month in undisclosed locations throughout the Florida Keys has prompted Congressman Carlos Gimenez to seek answers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and Oxitec, a British-based biotech company, plan to release genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in selected neighborhoods between mile markers 10 and 93 as a way to control the wild population of the disease-carrying pest. This is the first experiment of its kind in the U.S.