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The City of Minot has canceled plans to conduct aerial spraying for mosquito control this week.
City of Minot Street Superintendent Kevin Braaten said the spraying process is normally done in partnership with the First District Health Unit and the North Dakota Department of Health. FDHU sets mosquito traps and sends the results to the Department of Health to be analyzed. The Department of Health has allocated its resources and personnel toward COVID-19 testing, and will not conduct mosquito testing this year.
“Without the mosquito counts, the spray team would not be able to measure the effectiveness of their mission, so we will not be conducting the aerial spraying this week,” said Braaten, who added that the planned spraying for the week of July 13-17 is uncertain at this time.
Mosquito spraying is provided by the 910th Airlift Wing’s Air Force Aerial Spray Squadron from Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio. The application is made using a C-130 cargo aircraft. Braaten said the planes are still scheduled to fly training missions in the Minot area this week, but they will not be conducting aerial spraying.