The Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission is planning aerial larvicide operations beginning March 5, 2018, to decrease the population of immature mosquito larvae. Operations will take place from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., for a period of three 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. Altosid (an insect growth regulator) will be applied to stagnant woodland pools in select areas to prevent the emergence of adult mosquitoes. This granular formulation targets mosquito larvae, does not affect bees, butterflies or dragonflies, and poses no risk to humans, per the Environmental Protection Agency. The treatment will have no effect on backyard container-breeding mosquito species.
Residents may notice a low-flying helicopter in areas near wooded and open field portions of the city, including:
• North of the Great Dismal Swamp on the Chesapeake side of the border with Suffolk
• Large wooded area between Elbow Rd. and Centerville Turnpike
• Wooded areas to the west and north of Hickory High and Middle Schools
For additional information about the aerial larviciding process and schedule, please contact the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission Spray Hotline, at 382-3456.
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