Military Plane Continues Mosquito Spraying On Monday, Leaving Some Lafayette Parish Residents With Questions
'What's up with the low-flying aircraft?'
That was just one of the tweets that we got from listeners who were confused by the military plane that flew extra low over the Acadiana area yesterday evening. The aircraft in question is the U.S. Air Force's 910th Airlift Wing and the target was a rampant mosquito population in the wake of hurricanes Laura and Delta.
According to a press release from Lafayette Consolidated Government, the spraying was set to take place in our area on Sunday, October 25th.
While many made preparations for the spraying on Sunday, a lot of those same Lafayette Parish residents were caught off guard Monday night when the C-130H continued the spraying operation.
Others demanded answers from Lafayette Consolidated Government and Congressman Clay Higgins.
This alleged exchange between a Lafayette Parish resident and Lafayette Consolidated Government suggests that they may have been unaware of the extended operation as well.
While many were caught off guard by the low-flying C-130 others were excited to see the military aircraft from a close-up view.
The pesticide used during the spraying operation is called "naled" which the EPA's website describes as an insecticide that is
most commonly applied aerially as an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray. ULV sprayers mounted on planes or helicopters dispense very fine aerosol droplets containing small quantities of insecticide that drift through the air and kill mosquitoes on contact. The spray is dilute (only 1-2 tablespoons of naled is applied per acre sprayed) and the amount that ultimately floats to the ground is small and dissipates quickly."
We've reached out to LCG and will update this story when we receive more information.