Air Drive might be performing air mosquito spraying this weekend

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The US Air Force (910th Airwing) will be in Iberia Parish airspace starting Friday to conduct airborne mosquito-spraying missions, according to Adrienne L. Camacho, administrative secretary for the Mosquito Protection District of the Iberia Community.

All mosquito spraying takes place at night. These operations are expected to be Saturday and possibly Sunday. Daylight aircraft are overflight observation exercises. These operations are precise, safe and identical to the routine Iberia Parish spraying operations during regular mosquito season, which have just been delivered by a much larger aircraft (Air Force C-130). If the weather conditions are favorable, operation begins around sunset and lasts five hours.

During this time, only those who are hypersensitive or want to avoid any exposure to chemicals in the designated spray area should refrain from outdoor activities. Otherwise, all other citizens can do normal outdoor activities, Camacho said.

Citizens will notice large, low-flying military planes. — When the aircraft is overhead, do not try to follow the path of the aircraft. The plane is traveling quickly and will leave the area in a short time.

The USAF’s 910th operations target Coteau Holmes, Loreauville, Sugar Oaks, Vida Shaw, Daspit, Coteau, Jeanerette, New Iberia City, Delcambre, New Iberia Port, Lydia, Avery Island, Weeks Island and all points in between .

If you have any questions or problems with mosquitoes, contact Iberia Parish Mosquito Abatement Districtat at (337) 365-4933. Visit www.iberiaparishgovernment.com and click “Mosquito Control” – like them on Facebook for the latest. For more information on West Nile Virus, other mosquito-borne diseases, and pesticides to control mosquitoes, please visit www.cdc.gov.

For information on pesticides (NaledÒ) used for aerial spraying, please visit www.epa.gov or https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/naled-mosquito-control.

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