Air Force Reserve’s C-130s To Battle Homestead ‘Skeeters

HOMESTEAD (CBS4) – Residents of Homestead, Florida City and the Redland areas who have been battling an invasion of nasty blood sucking mosquitoes over the last few weeks take heart, help is on the way in ‘big’ way.

Specially equipped C-130H cargo planes from the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing in Youngstown, Ohio will be doing low-level passes over the southern sections of the county spraying pesticide from July 26th – July 28th. The giant prop powered planes will be flying passes about 150 feet off the ground dispersing Dibrom, a pesticide registered for use in Florida.

Miami-Dade Mosquito Control reports they’ve been getting hundreds and hundreds of calls about mosquito populations infesting neighborhoods.

Chalmers Vasquez, Miami-Dade’s Mosquito Control Operations Manager, said our long drought dried up lots of areas in the Everglades and gave mosquitoes plenty of places to lay their eggs. A combination of rain, which allowed the eggs to hatch, and wind have causing a particularly bad season this year.

“We’ve been sending out trucks just about every morning of everyday and sometimes during the weekend,” Vasquez said about the efforts to battle the bugs.

Now its time to bring in aerial support.

The spraying will be from about two hours before sunset to about half an hour after when the mosquito populations are most active.

The amount of insecticide in the air should not affect people or animals but beekeepers are asked to keep their bees covered.

Anyone with questions about the spraying should contact Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division at (305) 592-1186 or dial 311.

  • Gerard

    Great. My question is: why only on the south part of the county? Northwest dade next to the Turnpike is infested too. Bring the planes to 33178, 33166 and 33172 too please.
    We get home between 7pm and 8pm, after showering with mosquito repellent we still have to run from the car to the front door and we get about two dozen bites each. It’s killing us.

  • George Villalba

    Why are they spraying us with nerve gas. this needs to stop immediately. I am imploring you to do some investigation as to what this Dibrom is and let evryone in Miami know just how dangerous this chemical is.

  • George Villalba

    People this is a nerve gas that has produced tumors. We need to stop this spraying it’s poisoning us. I rather deal with the mosquitoes instead of sickness and tumors down the road. How about you?

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