A new mosquito-fighting plane is set to take its first flight Friday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m.
The Mobile County Health Department says it’s a part of an effort to control saltwater mosquito species populations. This includes the Aedes aegypti, the species of mosquito that carries the Zika Virus.
If you’re watching from the ground and you see a small, white Cessna plane, you’ll be able to tell it’s the “Mosquito Destroyer” because it says, “Mosquito Control” under its wings.
A representative with the department says its goal is to spray the unincorporated areas that its trucks can’t reach.
While mosquito control is a department-wide year-round effort, for the first time in 26 years, Aedes aegypti has been detected in Mobile County.
Its detection came from a study conducted in 2016-2017 by Auburn University.
The health department says it’s not sure how often the “Mosquito Destroyer” will fly because it depends on the demand.