For those in Harris County that read the information on mosquito control around the home in my previous post I wanted to report that the Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Mosquito Control announced today that an aerial spray operation has been scheduled for portions of west and northwest Harris County to combat mosquito-borne disease. The aerial application will occur Wednesday evening, August 22. The plan is to spray approximately 63,000 acres by air, weather permitting.
Please read the HCPHES press release. They also include the map depicting the area of the county to be sprayed
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services August 21, 2012 press release
The release mentions that the aerial spray operation is being conducted in response to recent surveillance findings indicating that West Nile Virus (WNV) activity has increased in Harris County. To date it mentions that WNV has been confirmed in more than 300 mosquito samples and nearly 100 dead birds in Harris County. HCPHES says that the insecticide, Dibrom (EPA-approved), that is routinely used for aerial spray operations to combat mosquito-borne disease will be used during the spray operation in Harris County. Dibrom is considered to be safe for the environment and is applied according to the label instructions.
For additional information and/or maps of West Nile Virus activity in Harris County, visit the HCPHES web site at www.hcphes.org