Aerial spraying scheduled for St. Charles Parish to reduce mosquito numbers

Published 10:15 pm Monday, November 1, 2021

Update: VDCI will now perform its aerial application on Thursday, November 4, between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.  

An aerial spray operation has been scheduled for this week to help reduce the number of mosquitoes. The aerial applications may begin at approximately 6 p.m. and continue until about 11 p.m., weather permitting. The aerial application may occur Tuesday, November 2nd through Wednesday, November 3rd weather permitting. If a delay occurs, it will be finished on a subsequent day that is favorable for treatment.

The aerial spray operation is being conducted in response to surveillance findings that indicate increased mosquito populations. Aerial spraying is necessary to combat and control mosquitoes where ground spraying is less accessible and effective. If there is a weather delay, applications will begin the following night. The aerial operation will be covering the areas of Des Allemands, Bayou Gauche The aerial operation will be covering the areas of Des Allemands, Bayou Gauche, Killona, Taft, Hahnville, Luling, Willowdale, Mimosa, Boutte, Turtle Pond, Red Church, Destrehan, Ormond, Norco and Montz.

VDCI will be using multiple twin-engine aircraft flying at an altitude of approximately 300 feet to conduct the aerial application.  Each aircraft is equipped with an aerial spray guidance system specifically engineered for mosquito control operations. The planes are able to receive in real-time, meteorological conditions such as temperature, wind speed and wind direction.  “This onboard equipment allows us to optimize the application within the intended treatment areas, while minimizing drift outside the target zone”, according to Daniel Markowski, Vice President of VDCI.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires notification to the public when aerial spray operations are to occur.

For additional information and/or maps of the intended spray area contact VDCI at 800-413-4445.