JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. –
The 757th Airlift Squadron will
conduct their mosquito aerial spray mission over Langley Air Force Base and
Craney Islandon the night of August. 1, 2017. In the event of inclement
weather, spraying will occur on the alternate date, August 2, 2017.
The 757th AS will use a U.S. Air
Force C-130 Hercules equipped with a Modular Aerial Spray System to complete
their mission, which will begin after sunset to minimize impact to non-target
insects such as bees, and to decrease exposure to personnel within the
According to James Watson, 633rd
Civil Engineer Squadron pest
management supervisor, although the insecticide being used
is relatively safe for humans and pets, those with allergies or respiratory
concerns should remain indoors during aerial spraying operations. It is also
recommended that small children remain indoors as their respiratory systems are
not fully developed and are more susceptible to irritation.
“The insecticide we use on Langley
does not leave a residue,” said Watson. “Once the droplets have dissipated,
which on average is 1-3 minutes, it is safe to resume outdoor activities.”
The airlift squadron will use TRUMPET
EC insecticide during this mission. Once dispersed through the nozzles of the
modified C-130, it turns into 30 micron droplets that will attach to the fine
hairs of flying mosquitos.
insecticide applications will occur outside the target areas of Langley Air
Force Base and Craney Island, the Pest Management department recommends that
bee keepers adjacent to these areas cover their hives in the evening to help prevent
any loss of bees.
The visiting aircrew from the 910th
Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, will ensure the
installation stays in accordance with the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Integrated
Pest Management Plan and Air Force Instruction 32-1074, Aerial Application of Pesticides, which states, “Precautions are taken during pesticide application to protect the public, on and off the installation. Pesticides are not applied outdoors when the wind speed exceeds ten miles per hour. Whenever pesticides are applied outdoors, care is taken to make sure that any spray drift is kept away from individuals, including the applicator.”
For more information, contact the
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs at (757) 764-5701.