March 31, 2015
Mark S. Cox, APR
Director of Public Communications
For immediate release Heath E. Covey
Public Information Coordinator
MOSQUITO CONTROL TO CONDUCT AERIAL SPRAYING
CHESAPEAKE -- The Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission will conduct aerial spraying operations beginning Monday, April 6, weather permitting, to decrease the population of mosquito larvae. This larvicide is not toxic to bees, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. The chemical does not pose a risk to humans, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control. Operations will take place from approximately 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., for a period of about twelve days. If the weather is not favorable, the spraying will be rescheduled to the next favorable day.
Kritter Aviation will be assisting in the spraying process. Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), and the insect growth regulator, methoprene (Trade name Altosid), will be applied to larval habitats to prevent the emergence of adult mosquitoes. This larvicide mixture is a liquid material and is specific to mosquito larvae and is not toxic to humans, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, etc.
The aerial spraying efforts are aimed at freshwater woodland, flood-pool, swamp, and open field-breeding mosquitoes and will have little effect on backyard container-breeding species.
Residents may notice low-flying helicopter in areas near wooded and open field portions of the city, including:
The helicopter will most often be seen after it has released the insecticide and while realigning for another spray pass.
Homeowners should follow the following tips to eliminate sources of standing water from their yards which could serve as mosquito breeding areas:
For additional information about the aerial spraying process and schedule, contact the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission Spray Hotline, at 757-382-3456.
Last Updated (Friday, 26 August 2016 16:34)
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