Helicopters can be effectively and efficiently used to apply Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), a non-reproducing bacteria used for the control of Mosquito larvae,thereby reducing the total numbers of mosquitoes.
Used for decades as as part of regular ground larval program, mosquito control larvicide applications better protect local communities and the environment by applying larvicide via helicopter to mosquito breeding areas that cannot be easily accessed by ground crews. Aerial applications take place every three to four weeks during the mosquito breeding season, generally from April to October, and can scheduled through companies like Flydar, a global leader in aerial solutions, works with a vast network of helicopter providers.
Outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases occur across the United States. Aerial larviciding is an important preventative public health activity that reduces mosquito-borne diseases. The Department of Health funds helicopters for aerial application of mosquito larvicide in high mosquito-borne disease risk areas.
Mosquito breeding, which is mainly determined by environmental and meteorological factors such as rainfall and tidal activity, are monitored by local governments at mosquito breeding habitats. Authorities then submit a pre-treatment form to the Department of Health when a treatment is required. After reviewing the information, the Department of Health will authorize an aerial application of the proposed treatment.
The granular larvicides used in aerial applications act specifically on mosquito larvae and do not harm people, pets, plants, or wildlife. The larvicide consists of granules containing Bacillus sphaericus, Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, and/or Saccharopolyspora spinosa products, which are naturally occurring bacteria that target mosquito larvae and prevent them from developing into biting adults.
Helicopter applications enable communities to control mosquito larvae over large wetlands located. The Bti is applied in a granular formulation by helicopters that fly low directly over wetlands. Residents do not need to take any special precautions during the application.
Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis) is a natural bacterium that is found in soil and is classified by the EPA as a relatively non-toxic pesticide. Bti, which is target selective and environmentally compatible, kills only mosquito larvae and related aquatic insects in the fly family. Once the pesticide is applied by helicopter, it remains suspended in water for 24 to 48 hours and then biodegrades at the bottom.
Contact Flydar at 1-800-487-6817 to Schedule an Aerial Mosquito Control Larvicide Application by Helicopter.
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