Newport News battles mosquito population

Posted at 2:24 PM, Aug 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-27 14:24:32-04

Newport News is battling the mosquito problem this week.

According to the city of Newport News, the Vector Control Section of Public Works will be conducting citywide mosquito fogging operations in response to an increase in mosquito populations brought on by recent heavy rain.

Operations will begin Monday, August 27, 2012 and run through September 7.

Operating hours will be 6-8 p.m. Monday thru Friday depending on weather conditions.

The technicians that will be spraying the chemicals are trained and certified by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Additionally, the chemicals used are approved by both VDACS and the EPA and represent minimal risk to humans, pets and non-target species.

Anvil 10+10 is an insecticide that contains synthetic pyrethroids, which emulate naturally occurring insecticides known as pyrethrins, found in chrysanthemum flowers. This substance, called d-Phenothrin (brand name Sumithrin), kills mosquitoes effectively, yet biodegrades rapidly in the presence of sunlight and/or microorganisms.

If you need further information or would like your area excluded from mosquito fogging operations, please contact the Public Works Call Center 269-2700.

Additional information is also available as follows:

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)

Mosquito Control Tips

Chemical Information