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Air Force Reserve Jets To Spray For Mosquitoes Around Homestead

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Homestead residents who live near the Air Reserve Base and the surrounding area shouldn't be surprised if they see some low flying military aircraft over the next few days.

They are sprayin' for skeeters.

C-130H cargo planes from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing in Youngstown, Ohio, will perform the aerial spraying operation from Tuesday through Thursday.

The cargo aircraft has returned to spray because Miami-Dade County's Mosquito Control has determined mosquito numbers around the base and surrounding communities have reached significant levels.

The spraying will occur two hours before sunset and up to 30 minutes after. Area residents can expect to see the large four-engine propeller aircraft flying at or above 150 feet ground-level during the actual spraying application.

The pesticide being used Dibrom, also known as Naled, is registered for use in Florida.

The amount of insecticide applied should not affect people or animals. Beekeepers are asked to keep their bees covered during the spraying operations in their particular area.


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