Rain and mist have led to reduced visibility the last several days, forcing delays to the aerial mosquito treatment spray mission planned for the Lower Richland area this week.
The spraying will be postponed until next week when weather conditions are expected to improve. This aerial treatment is being done across 114,000 acres in Lower Richland in response to the recent flooding, which has caused a surge in mosquito populations.
The product used in this application, Dibrom, is registered for use with the Environmental Protection Agency for use in mosquito population control and poses no undue risks to humans or the environment. Dibrom is applied at low dosage rates using specialized equipment that automatically adjusts for aircraft speed, altitude and wind speed.
Residents do not need to take any special precautions during the treatment. However, area beekeepers are urged to cover their hives during the application period.
More information about will provided early next week as to when the rescheduled spray mission will occur.