GOHSEP supplies an aerial spraying schedule for mosquitos


The Governor’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GOHSEP) has released a schedule for their aerial spray missions for the remainder of the week.

GOHSEP’s spray schedule includes flights tonight, Tuesday October 27, to complete applications in the Lafayette community. Spraying will also begin or continue in the Jeff Davis and Acadia communities.

GOHSEP says approximately 105,000 acres were sprayed in the Lafayette township on Monday evening. Flights on Tuesday are expected to cover the remaining 31,000 acres.

Due to the arrival of Hurricane Zeta in southeast Louisiana, no flights are currently scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 28th. GOHSEP expects flights to resume Thursday, October 29, to complete the Acadia and Jefferson Davis communities

According to GOHSEP, the schedule may change due to weather restrictions.

On Monday evening, residents of the Lafayette parish asked why a low-flying military aircraft was spraying in the parish when there was no scheduled mosquito spraying. GOHSEP answered this question on Tuesday morning.

According to Mike Steele, spokesman for GOHSEP, the Air Force had to make some adjustments to its mission plans due to weather and cloud cover issues.

The spraying was supposed to take place on Sunday but no indication was given that the operation continued on Monday. On Sunday the operation took place around sunset and lasted up to five hours. During this time, an Air Force C-130H modified with the Modular Aerial Spray System (MASS) “naled” the pesticide.

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

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, “naled is most commonly used in the air as a ULV (Ultra-Low Volume) spray. ULV sprayers mounted on airplanes or helicopters emit very fine aerosol droplets containing small amounts of insecticides that drift through the air and kill mosquitoes on contact. The spray is diluted (only 1 to 2 tablespoons of Naled are applied per morning sprayed) and the amount that ultimately floats on the floor is small and dissolves quickly. “

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