Minot and Williston residents won't be seeing an aircraft from the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio spraying mosquitoes this year.
The mosquito sprayer a C-130 Hercules aircraft has been used to get rid of the pesky bugs in the past and spraying often took place around the time of the North Dakota State Fair.
Jim Miller, with Public Affairs at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., said a reason for not spraying civilian areas this year was not available.
However, he said Friday, "We'll continue to perform assistance to civilian communities when assistance is requested by a DoD (Department of Defense) agency."
A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the wing at the Ohio air reserve station has conducted spraying operations for mosquitoes in Minot and at Minot AFB since early 2000. The wing has also sprayed for mosquitoes at Williston. The spraying is done from an altitude of about 150 feet.
Maj. Brent Davis, chief of Public Affairs for the 910th Airlift Wing, said the Air Force has done aerial mosquito spraying since the 1970s. He said the Ohio wing has been spraying mosquitoes since the 1990s.