JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS — Two aerial mosquito spray missions will be conducted Wednesday night over Langley Air Force Base, Craney Island and a small portion of Portsmouth overnight Wednesday, July 26, according to 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs.
The 757th Airlift Squadron, assigned to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, will conduct the spray missions using specially modified C-130s. The planes will fly at 300 feet and use global positioning and navigation systems to ensure the spraying occurs only over designated areas. A technician will also monitor rate and flow, under the direction of a entomologist to ensure accurate delivery. Spraying will take place after sunset to minimize the impact to non-target insects, such as bees, and to decrease exposure to personnel, it said. The aircraft will make multiple passes.
While public affairs said no insecticide applications will occur outside the target areas of Langley Air Force Base and Craney Island, the Pest Management department recommends beekeepers adjacent to these areas cover their hives in the evening to help prevent any loss of bees.
The department adds that while the insecticide is safe for humans and pets, those with allergies or respiratory concerns should remain indoors during the spraying. It also recommends small children stay indoors, as their respiratory systems are not fully developed and are more susceptible to irritation.
If weather or mechanical issues force a cancellation, the flight will occur on Thursday, July 27.