Houston enlists combat air fleet to wipe out mosquitos

SAN ANTONIO – Nearly 70 Reserve Citizen Airmen are scheduled to fly to San Antonio on Friday to help keep the mosquito population under control around Houston following the flooding brought by Harvey.

The Air Force Reserve is expected to fly to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to begin aerial spray applications in coordination with FEMA and the Centers for Disease Control.

They plan to target mosquitoes which are capable of transmitting diseases such as Malaria, West Nile virus, Zika and various types of encephalitis. Increased populations of mosquitos can eventually lead to individual cases or widespread outbreak of these diseases.

The U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing will fly a modified C-130 cargo plane to conduct aerial sprays around Houston due to large amounts of standing water and floodwaters that pose a health risk to rescue workers and residents of Houston.

The plan is to spray 600,000 acres, mostly outside of the City of Houston limits to eliminate large areas where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

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