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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

VDCI Assists CDC with Zika Virus in U.S. Territories

Posted by The VDCI Team on May 12, 2016 1:39:04 PM
Written By The VDCI Team
 
Marshall_Islands-1.pngVDCI began a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April of this year. The partnership assists U.S. Territories with public health efforts by defending the population against the threat of Zika. As part of the partnership, VDCI team members have been active in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Guam.

Dr. Broox Boze, Operations Manager in Northern Colorado, discusses her recent work in the Marshall Islands.
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Topics: Emergency Response, Surveillance and Disease Monitoring