MRCU conducting aerial operations this week

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit airplane will be conducting low-level flight operations in an effort to control the mosquito population as rainy season begins. – Photo: Chris Court

That low-flying aircraft that might buzz about directly overhead this week is not in difficulty; it’s just the Mosquito Research and Control Unit conducting its seasonal aerial operations in an effort to reduce the size of the mosquito populations on Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands.

The low-level fight over mosquito breeding swamps will take place during mornings and late afternoons through the Friday of this week.

The MRCU aircraft will drop pellets designed to stop the swamp mosquito larvae developing in water, which are activated when the rainy season begins. Cayman’s rainy season usually begins in late May and runs through late October to early November.

Swamp mosquitoes are not a public health threat, but bite, spread heartworm in dogs and are a nuisance throughout the islands.

For further information about the aerial operation and daily schedules, visit MRCU’s Facebook page, or call 949-2557.

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