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What are they spraying over my neighborhood?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 11:15am

While the heat and rain we've seen lately are no doubt contributing to the mosquito population, parish crews are busy trying to get rid of them - both on the ground and in the air.

In the air, East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement uses a chemical called Naled. It’s been registered as a chemical to kill mosquitoes since 1959. It's also used on places mosquitoes feed to kill them. Officials with the mosquito program say the spraying will continue all season and there's no risk to humans if they come in contact with Naled.

The material we spray has a very short half life so if it contacts the mosquito it kills it and then within a few hours it dissipates from the environment,” Matthew Yates, EBR Mosquito Abatement, explained.

Click here for more information regarding the spraying, including what you can do if you don't want you're property sprayed.

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