Beekeepers in Louisiana should be aware of aerial spray in their area.

Beginning September 19, 2008 mosquito aerial spraying will start in four Louisiana parishes, Cameron, Vermilion, Iberia and St. Mary, in hurricane impacted areas and continue during the next few weeks. Additional parishes may be added as needed.

Specially equipped U.S. Air Force Reserve (AFRC) C-130H cargo planes from the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown, Ohio will be conducting the aerial spraying operation using the insecticide Dibrom (also known as naled) approximately the last 2-3 hours of daylight. The planes will be flying at or above 200 feet above ground level during the actual spraying application dispensing Dibrom in ultra-low volume droplets.

Spraying is necessary to prevent the possible spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and other encephalites that are endemic to this area.

Jim Young