Mosquito helecopter

Update: Due to unfavorable weather conditions, mosquito control aerial (helicopter) larvicide treatment in Chesapeake has been rescheduled for Saturday, Mar 4 – Monday, Mar 6.

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CHESAPEAKE -- The Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission plans to begin aerial larvicide operations Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to decrease the population of immature mosquito larvae. Operations will take place from approximately 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., for a period of up to seven days. If weather is not favorable, the mission will be rescheduled and completed when conditions permit.

Kritter Aviation, an experienced contractor, will be conducting the treatment. A liquid mixture of B.t.i. (a natural bacterial spore), and Altosid (an insect growth regulator) will be applied to larval habitats in select areas to prevent the emergence of adult mosquitoes. These insecticides target mosquito larvae, do not affect bees, butterflies or dragonflies, and pose no risk to humans, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A granular formulation of the same Altosid insect growth regulator will be applied to larval habitats in other areas of the city. Habitats treated include woodland pools, floodwater pools, swamps, and marshes. The treatment will have no effect on backyard container-breeding species.

Residents may notice a low-flying helicopter in areas near wooded and open field portions of the city, including:

  • Adjacent to the northeast corner and eastern border of the Great Dismal Swamp
  • Areas north and south along the Intracoastal Waterway
  • Northeast of Fentress Airfield
  •  Various locations in the southern portion of the city

For additional information about the aerial larviciding process and schedule,contact the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission Spray Hotline, at 757-382-3456.  

Homeowners should follow the following tips to eliminate sources of standing water from their yards which could serve as mosquito breeding areas:

• Discard old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers in and around the property.
• Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in your yard.
• Keep drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.
• Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.
• Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets to prevent puddles of standing water.
• Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them indoors when not in use.
• Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while you are on vacation.
• Fill in tree root holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
• Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week.

For additional information about the aerial spraying process and schedule, contact the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission Spray Hotline, at 382-3456.

Last Updated (Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:39)