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Mosquito spraying continues Thursday night in some parts of Acadiana

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 16:53:26-04

Mosquito spraying will continue Thursday night in some parts of Acadiana.

GOHSEP says the spraying will continue in Lafayette, Acadia and Jefferson Davis parishes over the next several days.

The operation will take place starting around sunset and continue for up to five hours. During that time, an Air Force C-130H, modified with the Modular Aerial Spray System (MASS), will disperse the pesticide "naled".

It's all part of the operation announced earlier this month.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website, "naled is most commonly applied aerially as an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray. ULV sprayers mounted on planes or helicopters dispense very fine aerosol droplets containing small quantities of insecticide that drift through the air and kill mosquitoes on contact. The spray is dilute (only 1-2 tablespoons of naled is applied per acre sprayed) and the amount that ultimately floats to the ground is small and dissipates quickly."

There will be smaller planes spraying Thursday night in St. Landry and Point Coupee parishes.

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