Aerial insecticide plan announced to curb rural mosquito populations

April 29, 2019

SALTON SEA, Calif. – Insecticide will be sprayed from a helicopter this week over a rural patch of land just north of the Salton Sea, where mosquito populations are expected to boom, officials announced today.

Residents shouldn’t be worried about exposure though, as the aerial mists starting on Thursday will be in such low volumes — combined with natural degradation of the insecticide — that they will not harm any animals larger than an insect, Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (CVMVCD) spokeswoman Jill Oviatt said.

The EPA-approved Aqua-Reslin used in the helicopter misting process likely won’t kill off local bee population, Oviatt added, since the pollinators usually fly during the daytime hours and the misting project will take place between 8 p.m. and midnight.

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