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NEWS | July 25, 2023

JBLE Langley to conduct annual mosquito spraying mission

633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 757th Airlift Squadron assigned to Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, will conduct two aerial mosquito spray missions over Langley Air Force Base, Craney Island and a small portion of Portsmouth overnight Wednesday, July 26, 2023. If weather or mechanical issues force a cancellation, the flight will occur on Thursday, July 27.

A U.S. Air Force C-130 will be dispersing the spray after sunset to minimize impact to non-target insects such as bees and to decrease exposure to personnel within the application area.

These specially modified C-130s will be flying at 300ft and use global positioning and other accurate navigation systems to make sure the spraying occurs only over designated areas. In addition, a technician monitors operations of the spray rate and flow, under direction of a 757th AS entomologist, to ensure accurate delivery.

The unit will apply Trumpet EC at a rate of less than 1 ounce per acre. The agent is disbursed out of spray bars under each wing in 30-micron droplets. The aircraft will make multiple spray passes. Although no insecticide applications will occur outside the target areas of Langley Air Force Base and Craney Island, the Pest Management department recommends the beekeepers adjacent to these areas cover their hives in the evening to help prevent any loss of bees.

The insecticide being used is safe for humans and pets, but 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 visiting C-130 aircrews will conduct the mission in accordance with the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Integrated Pest Management Plan and Air Force Manual 32-1053, Integrated Pest Management Program.