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.
Aerial 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.