Mosquito Control officials will be conducting low-level aerial spraying over parts of Jefferson Parish tonight in an effort to reduce the nuisance mosquito populations that have increased as a result of recent rains.
Steve Pavlovich, an entomologist with Mosquito Control Services, says weather permitting, they'll be spraying over parts of Kenner, River Ridge and Harahan on the East Bank - and Harvey, Gretna, Crown Point, Lafitte and Barataria on the West Bank.
"We are targeting both residential areas and some of the areas that are on the marsh and woodland fringe that are production sites," Pavlovich said.
"This evening there will be only one plane involved in the application, and it's a larger, King Air-type aircraft, twin-engine airplane," Pavlovich said.
Aerial spraying generally is conducted at an altitude of 300 to 500 feet.
According to a release issued by the parish, the spraying is scheduled to begin at 7pm and end at 10:30pm.