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NEWS | July 3, 2012

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Joint Base Charleston 628th Civil Engineer Squadron will be conducting aerial spraying for mosquitoes at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station in Goose Creek, S.C., July 6. The spraying will occur during the final two daylight hours prior to sunset and up to 30 minutes after sunset. A back-up date of July 7 is scheduled in case of inclement weather on the 6th.

Due to high tides and recent heavy rains, large populations of salt marsh and container breeding mosquitoes are becoming a nuisance to base and area residents. Aerial application is only considered after other attempts such as larvicides and ultra-low volume ground fogging of adult mosquitoes fails to reduce biting counts.

The 910th Airlift Wing, Aerial Spray Squadron from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Youngstown, Ohio, will conduct the aerial spraying using a specially-modified C-130H aircraft and Modular Aerial Spray Systems. The squadron will be applying the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency registered pesticide Trumpet, which is registered for use in the state of South Carolina. However, sensitive individuals should remain indoors and beekeepers should take precautions during the application.

Anyone with concerns about the aerial spraying should contact the Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs office at 963-5608.