The United States Air Force (910th Airwing) will be in Iberia parish airspace to conduct aerial mosquito spraying support missions beginning Friday, according to Adrienne L. Camacho, Administrative Secretary, Iberia Parish Mosquito Abatement District.
All mosquito spraying operations will take place at night. Those operations are expected to be Saturday and possibly Sunday. Aircraft during the daylight hours are flyover observation exercises. These operations are precise, safe and identical to the routine aerial spray operations Iberia Parish conduct throughout the regular mosquito season, just delivered from a much larger aircraft (Air Force C-130’s). If weather conditions are favorable operations will begin near sunset and last five hours.
During that period, only hypersensitive individuals or persons that wish to avoid all exposure to chemicals in the designated spray area should refrain from outdoor activities; otherwise all other citizens can proceed with normal outdoor activities, stated Camacho.
Citizens will notice large military low flying aircraft --- If the aircraft is overhead do not attempt to follow the path of the aircraft. The aircraft is traveling quickly and will be out of the area in a brief period.
USAF 910th operations, will target Coteau Holmes, Loreauville, Sugar Oaks, Vida Shaw, Daspit, Coteau, Jeanerette, the City of New Iberia, Delcambre, Port of New Iberia, Lydia, Avery Island, Weeks Island and all points in between.
For questions or mosquito related problems, contact Iberia Parish Mosquito Abatement Districtat at (337) 365-4933. Visit www.iberiaparishgovernment.com and click on “Mosquito Control” --- like them on Facebook for the latest. For more information about West Nile Virus, other mosquito – borne diseases and pesticides for mosquito control visit www.cdc.gov.
For information regarding pesticides (NaledÒ) used for aerial spraying visit www.epa.gov or https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/naled-mosquito-control.
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