The Mosquito Research and Control Unit plane plans to cover Cayman’s swamps over the next 10 days before the rainy season picks up.
Starting Tuesday, the plane will drop small pellets to target mosquito larvae in the water and reduce the mosquito problem coming from the swamps. The pellets are activated by rain and help kill biting mosquitoes for two months, according to the MRCU.
The low-level flights by the MRCU’s red and white prop plane will start in the Sister Islands before covering Grand Cayman. If the weather cooperates, it should take 10 days to fly over all of Cayman’s swamps during the mornings and late afternoons, the MRCU said.
The Unit estimates there are 12,000 acres of swamps to target on Grand Cayman, 320 acres on the Brac and 475 on Little Cayman.
Early rains and higher tides recently have increased the number of mosquitoes in the past couple weeks, the MRCU said. The Unit said the new treatment should help lower mosquito numbers for the next two months.