Black fly spraying begins in NEPA today

Helicopter spraying
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Beginning today, parts of the area will see the aerial black fly suppression operation getting underway. The Department of Environmental Protection will begin the operation in Columbia County. Then it will move into Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming and Bradford. According to the DEP website, a helicopter will fly at tree top level to dispense an organic material, not a chemical to control the black fly population. Areas to be treated include the Chemung River, Fishing Creek, Tunkhannock Creek and the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.