Experts expect surge in mosquitoes with stretch of rainy, warm weather

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Employees with the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission expect to see more mosquitoes out in the coming days.

Biologist Lisa Wagenbrenner says the commission started receiving more service calls last week.

They expect to get even more with the forecast of high temperatures and rainy weather.

“They’ll start to produce a lot quicker. They’ll go from egg to adult in seven to 10 days. Some even faster than that. It makes our job a little harder. We have to work a little harder to keep the numbers down,” Wagenbrenner said.

Crews are ready to spray neighborhoods nightly, but do not spray when it is raining.

During the day, they treat standing water around the city but can’t get everywhere.

So, they’re asking for residents to tip and toss standing water on their personal property.

That includes tarps, gutters, different types of pipes, buckets, plant holders and anything that holds water.

“Talk to your neighbors. Not everyone knows about your mosquitoes. Not everyone knows about tip and toss. Another may not know mosquitoes breed in the bottom of a plant saucer. It’s good to help out and talk to everybody,” Wagenbrenner said.

She also recommends keeping bushes trimmed and wearing repellant, the most effective kind goes on clothes not skin.

Wagenbrenner also says they’ve started testing mosquitoes for viruses like West Nile and if one tests positive, they will notify those at risk in the community.

Mosquito information for Hampton Roads locales: 

Chesapeakehttp://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/Boards-Commissions/full-listing/Mosquito.htm

 
 
 
 
 
 
Virginia Mosquito Control Association: http://mosquito-va.org/

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