The effort to combat triple E in Addison and Rutland counties continues Friday night.
Thursday night crews took to the air from the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport to spray pesticide in communities determined to have mosquitos carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Bad weather grounded the plane before the work was complete.
Spraying will continue Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. In the Whiting block. The spraying will take place along Stickney Road and south. Significant portions of Brandon will be sprayed as well. Homeowners are taking their own precautions.
Pest control companies say news of triple-E in the last few years has boosted business by as much as 25-percent.
"Just over the past couple of years it's gradually creeped into Southern Vermont. Now with the death of somebody, it's really in the forefront of our customers concerns," said Jon Quackenbush, the owner PestPro.
The spraying effort is set to cover roughly 20-thousand acres. It comes at a cost of about a dollar an acre to pay for the spraying, and roughly 2-thousand dollars for the pesticide.