Chesapeake prepares to ramp up mosquito control

Posted at 3:16 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 18:10:34-04

Chesapeake, Va. (WTKR) - The start of spring means the onslaught of mosquitoes is likely not too far behind in Hampton Roads.

The Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission is already taking action, identifying areas in the city where they can treat for mosquito larvae.

"These mosquitoes tend to emerge all at once. So if we can treat them at one time before they emerge them that is much better because then we don't have adult mosquitoes bothering people, we get them before they emerge," Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission Director Dreda Symonds explained to NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Tuesday.

NewsChannel 3 tagged along with biologist Lisa Wagenbrenner who demonstrated the areas where they are identifying larvae right now.

"Even small depressions in your yard you don't think about. If it stays wet and stays holding just a little bit of water, it can breed mosquitoes," she commented.

The Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission had planned to begin aerial larvicide operations on Tuesday, but that work has been delayed due to unfavorable weather conditions.

It will be rescheduled when conditions permit.