I find it very interesting that the "US Air Force will conduct the aerial applications" of pesticide in greater New Orleans area starting today. Good thing the US Air Force had pesticide spraying planes available for this task! Can anyone tell me where they usually use these planes and for what purpose?
From Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/news.asp?ID=145&Detail=630
09/13/2005 - Hurricane Katrina #49 - Aerial Mosquito Spraying
DHH Begins Spraying for Mosquitoes in New Orleans
Baton Rouge - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has developed a management plan in anticipation of the hatching of mosquitoes and flies due to the massive flooding in the area. Mosquito control is needed to protect public health from nuisances and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, as well as flies.
DHH in coordination with Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, US Environmental Protection Agencies, Department of Defense and in consultation with parish mosquito control districts is implementing a plan to reduce mosquitoes and flies in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Aerial application of routinely used pesticides, primarily Naled, will was scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 13, however due to unforeseen delays, the spraying will begin Tuesday, September 13, on the East Bank of the Greater New Orleans area and surrounding areas. The spraying will occur during the last 2 hours of daylight. The US Air Force will conduct the aerial applications to assist mosquito control activities normally conducted by parish and local mosquito control districts.
The spraying will use the same pesticides as routinely sprayed to control mosquitoes in the south Louisiana region. "The timely initiation of preventive measures to control mosquitoes and flies is necessary to reduce the risk of vector-borne diseases" said DHH Secretary Dr. Fred Cerise.
Naled is a pesticide routinely used by mosquito control districts in Louisiana. Naled is approved by US Environmental Protection Agency and will be applied according to that agency's application rates. Studies have shown that Naled does not impact on human health or the environment when used for mosquito control.
The plan will continue based on field monitoring of mosquitoes and flies in the region.
For more information call the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry's pesticide hotline at 225-925-3763.