Aerial Mosquito Spray Operation Scheduled In Houston Area In Wake of Flooding

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Aerial mosquito spray operation planned for Harris County

Parts of Katy will be targeted in a mission to combat an expected upsurge in mosquitoes because of the rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey. The planes had at that point sprayed three eastern counties, with plans to expand their footprint over the next two weeks.

The U.S. Air Force Reserve's 910th Airlift Wing will fly out of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio to conduct an aerial spray operation on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Some Katy area residents could see Air Force C-130 cargo planes flying over their neighborhoods starting Thursday evening. The aerial spray is planned as a supplement to ongoing ground treatment of mosquito populations countywide.

According to the Harris County Public Health Department, neighborhoods in Katy with 77493, 77494, 77449 and 77450 zip codes will be in the areas to be targeted by the Air Force spraying missions.

"The goal is to reduce the effects mosquitoes are having on recovery efforts and the possibility of a future increase in mosquito-borne disease", HCPH Executive Director Umair Shah said in a statement.

The insecticide, Dibrom (EPA-approved), is routinely used for aerial spray and is considered safe for the environment.

If Harris County residents are concerned about exposure during the aerial spray operation, HCPH recommends individuals to stay indoors as a precaution. To keep mosquitoes out of the home, people should make sure their window and door screens fit tightly and are in good condition.

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