Mosquito aerial spraying scheduled for local area

Mosquito aerial spraying scheduled for local area

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - Mosquito aerial spraying at Langley AFB and parts of the surrounding area is scheduled for Oct. 9 through 14. The flights are scheduled to take place from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday to Sunday with Monday and Tuesday as back-up days. Spraying areas include Langley, Bethel Manor housing, Hampton, Fort Eustis, York County, Poquoson, Newport News, Fort Monroe, Craney Island, the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station and parts of Portsmouth.

A C-130 Hercules will be flying as low as 150 feet over the peninsula to train aircrew and spray Dibrom Concentrate. After spraying, about 90 percent of adult mosquitoes should be killed. The reduction in mosquito populations may last up to two weeks depending on the size of the area sprayed and how favorable conditions are for new mosquitoes to hatch.

Beekeepers are asked to keep their bees covered during the spraying operations in their particular area. Anybody with known allergic reactions should stay indoors.

Anyone needing further information should call their respective mosquito control districts.

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