October 12, 2005
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced today that post-Hurricane Rita aerial spraying for mosquitoes will begin tomorrow afternoon in Hardin, Jasper and Newton counties and that spraying will continue in part of Orange County.
The spraying is to prevent the possible spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile infection, and to reduce a proliferation of nuisance mosquitoes after heavy rains and flooding in Southeast Texas.
Specially equipped U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130H cargo planes from the 910 th Airlift Wing will be used in the spraying operation.
The gray planes may be flying as low as 150 feet above ground level when spraying. The project is expected to take several days. Flights will begin two hours before dusk and last for four to six hours each day.
Dibrom, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved insecticide, will be used. The application rate is one ounce or less of Dibrom per acre. The spraying poses no hazard to humans, animals or plants.
However, beekeepers in the region should take protective measures to prevent damage to their hives.
Aerial spraying was recently completed in Jefferson, Chambers and Liberty counties and in part of Orange County.
(News Media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)