Here's why you'll see low-flying planes over Surrey next week

May 1 2020, 1:12 pm

If you’re in Surrey, you may see low-flying airplanes spraying pesticide to eradicate invasive gypsy moths close to Highway 17 this week.

North Surrey residents are advised of the four separate treatments this spring, which will begin on May 5.

The treatments will take place north of 108th Avenue to Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road), west to Highway 401 and east to 162nd Street.

The spraying will begin shortly after 5:40 am and should be completed by 7:30 am daily.

Nearby residents can expect to be able to hear the aircraft at some point during the treatment, but the spray itself is GPS-calibrated and controlled, and spraying will occur only when the plane is immediately over the treatment area.

Beyond being slightly terrifying, European gypsy moths can greatly threaten the environment in which they reside, making trees more susceptible to disease and harm from other insects.

Once gypsy moths arrive in an area, they threaten extensive damage to the environment and economy, by impacting produce and BC’s exports of trees, logs, and bark.

Anyone wishing to minimize contact with the spray material may choose to remain indoors with their windows and doors closed during the spraying, and for at least 30 minutes after.

Pets and livestock that may be frightened by the aircraft should be brought indoors, along with items not to be sprayed.

With files from Rumneek Johal.