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Aerial Mosquito Management: Timing Control Efforts

Posted by The VDCI Team on Jul 3, 2017 12:17:38 PM

Written By Robbie Allen, Aviation Science - VDCI's Chief Pilot

For districts, counties, or municipalities, it can feel that when the mosquito season starts, the clock also starts. It won't be long before residents begin to contact local leaders to help reduce mosquito populations in their community. If a threat becomes too great, often aerial applications are conducted. The Mission: To reduce large nuisance populations and kill as many mosquitoes that could carry vector-borne diseases as possible. Timing during this mission is a top concern.

2500-acres-larvicide-e_laramie-WY-robbiea-250x166.jpgFrom the moment an aerial applicator wakes up in the morning, he or she is timing out the day. Whether larviciding or adulticiding, timing in Aerial Mosquito Control is an extremely critical component. Knowing the amount of time that is required to go through all the protocols, preflight the aircraft, and be able to hit the “spray on” switch at the exact specified time, to ensure a successful mission, can sometimes present its challenges – but must be accomplished.
 
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Topics: Aerial Applications, Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM)

Aerial Application Services for Effective Mosquito Management

Posted by The VDCI Team on Sep 26, 2016 2:32:32 PM

Written By VDCI Team

Awareness of aerial application has increased this summer with the threat of Zika virus and an elevated risk of West Nile virus transmission throughout many parts of the country. Aerial applications can be an important component of an integrated mosquito management (IMM) program and are most often performed when the risk of vector-borne disease transmission is elevated. As municipalities and mosquito abatement districts gain a better understanding of the specific disease risks in their communities, our team continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology, utilizing fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft for each specific job to effectively target larval and adult mosquitoes.

eNews_aerial_applications_September_2016.jpgAs the owner of the largest fleet of aircraft in the world dedicated specifically to mosquito control, VDCI has been on the front lines combatting both West Nile Virus and Zika all summer. Each contract that we serve has unique needs and our team considers several factors before conducting an aerial application, including the species of the mosquito, the need for larval and/or adult mosquito control, the size and type of area to be treated, and whether the use of an airplane (fixed wing) or helicopter (rotary wing) is optimal.
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Topics: Aerial Applications, Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM)

Anatomy of an Aerial Mosquito Application

Posted by The VDCI Team on Jul 18, 2016 2:35:44 PM

Written By Malcom Williams, VDCI Chief Pilot

 

VDCI is proud to own the largest fleet of aircraft in the world dedicated specifically to mosquito control.


VDCI_Aerial_Mosquito_Management_Application_Sunset.jpgAerial applications can be an important component of an integrated mosquito management (IMM) program and is most often performed when the risk of vector-borne disease transmission is elevated. Current events, such as the threat of Zika virus, multiple positive West Nile mosquito traps reported, and natural disasters where severe flooding occurs, have created awareness about mosquito habitats that can sometimes be difficult or too large to treat on the ground. Therefore, having the ability to utilize aircraft can be an effective complement to ground-based activities. Aerial applications may be the only way to break the mosquito breeding cycle in emergency response situations or when mosquito populations are abnormally high.

 

Conducting these missions for municipalities, mosquito abatement districts, military bases, and several other communities where residential properties must be considered, is a highly scientific and advanced process. In this blog, we discuss some of the steps required to conduct an aerial application for the control of mosquitoes.


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Topics: Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM), Emergency Response, Aerial Applications