High winds force Reno County to delay spraying for mosquitoes
High winds hampered Reno County's aerial spraying efforts to take care of the mosquito population Thursday night.
Dan Markowski, with
, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment contacted his company for he job.
The state health department says
"There was a lot of flooding this spring and that brings a lot of mosquitoes, and that brings some concern with trying to get them under control," said Markowski.
His company was prepared to put up a twin-engine plane filled with product to kill off the pests Thursday night, but after a test flight proved the conditions to be too windy, they decided to push back the project.
Now scheduled for Friday night, a pilot and co-pilot with the company will fly 300 feet above the ground spraying a product commonly used for mosquito control.
From 9 p.m to 2 a.m., the team will spray about two tablespoons of the product per acre to cover 50,000 acres in the county.
KDHE says the product is not a health risk for people or animals.