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State of Texas
Texas Department of State Health Services
News Release
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Texas DSHS mosquito control update - Sept. 10, 2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing an update on aerial mosquito spraying operations after Hurricane Harvey.

In the Coastal Bend area, Clarke flights overnight Sept. 9 treated approximately 272,000 acres in Nueces County. Sunday night, crews plan to begin spraying over Jackson County, moving on to parts of DeWitt and Lavaca counties, time and weather permitting.

Along the upper Texas coast, 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. In their first night of spraying, Sept. 9, they covered 102,000 acres over Jefferson and Orange counties and expect to be working over Jefferson, Orange and Chambers counties for at least the next two nights before moving on other parts of the region.

A total of approximately 857,000 acres have been sprayed across the two 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.

DSHS will be providing daily updates on our News Updates page.

Additional information:

Texas to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Control in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Questions about Aerial Mosquito Control

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