Warning to people sensitive to pesticides, aerial spraying to kill mosquitoes to take place

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JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The commander of Joint Base Charleston is warning people sensitive to pesticides that aerial spraying to kill mosquitoes is taking place on the installation.

Base commander Col. Robert Lyman says recent storms and high tides have caused an increase in the mosquito population.

Lyman says the application of chemicals to kill larvae and ground fogging sprays have failed to reduce the population.

The aerial spraying at the Weapons Station takes place Friday about two hours before sunset.

Members of the 910th Airlift Wing from Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Youngstown, Ohio, are applying pesticides approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a specially-modified C-130 aircraft.

Lyman says those sensitive to pesticides should stay indoors and beekeepers may need to take precautions to protect their hives.

 

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