Warning to anyone with bees in coastal Louisiana
Rcvd following from our beekeeper association. Texas beekeepers affected by Ike should watch out. You may be next.
Anyone with colonies in coastal Louisiana should read the following email RE aerial mosquito sparying starting at least 2 hours prior to sunset Friday, September 19th.
Nice the Department of Health and Hospitals gave just 24 hours notice!
If they would just spray after dark, I really wouldn't have a problem with the aerial spraying.
The following notification is from the Dept. of Health and Hospitals
regarding aerial applications of insecticides that may be harmful to bees.
----- Original Message -----
From: "BureauOfMedia&Communications BureauOfMedia&Communications"
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 4:37 PM
Subject: DHH News Release -
Mosquito Spraying to Start in Hurricane Storm Surge-Affected Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA – To reduce the threat of mosquito-borne disease in
flooded, coastal parishes, aerial spraying will begin on Friday, Sept.
19. The spraying will be similar to that which occurred following
hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Local parishes contacted the state to request aerial spraying. The
state’s Department of Health and Hospitals, in accordance with its
pre-existing plan, then determined which parishes were eligible for
spraying. Once a determination had been made, the state contacted FEMA
and a mission assignment was given to the Department of Defense.
The first parishes to be sprayed will be Lafourche and Terrebonne on
Friday. Also on Friday, some parts of Grand Isle will be sprayed. On
Saturday, Plaquemines Parish and the Lafitte area of Jefferson, plus any
parts of Lafourche or Grand Isle not sprayed on Friday. On Sunday, St.
Mary and Iberia are scheduled to be sprayed.
Officials of parishes to be sprayed will be notified in advance as
information becomes available. The exact schedule for spraying will be
established based upon mosquito surveillance, human exposure and daily
Spraying will pose no threat to humans, animals or plants, but will be
significant enough to kill mosquitoes and filth flies, which pose a
potential health threat.
The spray, which could be compared to dropping liquid from a shot glass
over a football field, will in no way “rain” down on residents.
However, to remain completely free from interaction with the
insecticide, the general public may opt to stay indoors during the
operation or wear long sleeves and pants.
State and federal agencies are involved to ensure that public health
interests are fully considered. State agencies include the Louisiana
Department of Health and Hospitals in coordination with the Department
of Agriculture and Forestry. Federal agencies include the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Defense Northern
Command, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fish and
This is considered a routine operation that has been conducted
successfully without incident before both in Louisiana and other areas
that have experienced excessive amounts of standing water.
The general public can expect to see large, gray, low-flying aircraft
(C-130s) flying at or above 150 feet above ground level during the
actual spraying application, and their sound will be fairly loud.
Weather permitting, flights will begin two hours prior to sunset (when
insects are most active) and end approximately two hours later. Each
C-130 aircraft is capable of spraying about 80,000 acres per day.
The insecticide to be sprayed, Naled (dibrom), is widely used in adult
mosquito control operations in Louisiana and has historical precedent
for use following mosquito emergency outbreaks. Insecticide formulations
are approved and registered by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
for mosquito control.
The timing of the application should minimize danger to bees. However,
beekeepers in the area should take appropriate measures to protect their
Spraying is necessary to prevent the possible spread of mosquito-borne
diseases such as West Nile virus and other encephalitis that pose a
threat to health and safety.
For more information, contact Jolie Adams at 225-342-4742.
Department of Health and Hospitals
Bureau of Media and Communications