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State of Texas
Texas Department of State Health Services
News Release
Monday, September 11, 2017

Texas DSHS mosquito control update - Sept. 11, 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, mosquito control flights last night by Clarke, Texas’ environmental services contractor, treated approximately 366,000 acres in Jackson and DeWitt counties. Tonight, crews plan to spray over DeWitt and Lavaca counties, time and conditions 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. Last night, they covered approximately 197,000 acres over Jefferson, Orange and Chambers counties and plan on working in that area again tonight before moving on other parts of the region. Flights over Brazoria County could begin as early as Tuesday.

A total of approximately 1.4 million acres have been sprayed across all areas. Flight schedules are subject to change.

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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