2.4 million acres sprayed for mosquitoes in the wake of Harvey

In the Coastal Bend area, mosquito control flights Wednesday night by Clarke, Texas’ environmental services contractor, treated approximately 181,000 acres over Jim Wells, Lavaca, Kenedy and Kleberg counties. Additional flights over portions of Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Nueces and San Patricio counties are scheduled for Thursday night.

The upper coast of Texas is receiving support from the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. They treated approximately 202,000 acres over Brazoria, Chambers and Jefferson counties. Flights will resume over Brazoria, Harris and Liberty counties.

A total of approximately 2.4 million acres have been sprayed across all areas.

The goal is to reduce the effects mosquitoes are having on recovery efforts and the possibility of a future increase in mosquito-borne disease. During aerial spraying, a small amount of insecticide is sprayed over a large area, one to two tablespoons per acre. When applied according to label instructions by a licensed professional, it does not pose a health risk to people, pets or the environment. According to the EPA, people may prefer to stay inside and close windows and doors when spraying takes place, but it is not necessary.

An additional state contractor, Vector Disease Control International, will begin spraying Thursday night to treat Hardin County.