Hampton says mosquitoes were blown into the city from Florence

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Residents in the city of Hampton are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Florence… in the form of mosquitoes. 

The city says winds from the storm blew mosquitoes from the Portsmouth area into their city.

“That was the Golden Salt Marsh mosquito that was blown in, we believe from Craney Island,” said Communications Coordinator Fred Gaskins.

Gaskins says they were already dealing with Asian Tiger mosquitoes that breed in standing water, like in flower pots and tires. Now, with additional salt marsh mosquitoes in town, they’re having to take extra steps to get rid of them.

“They’re everywhere and they come after me when I open the back door they come in droves to find me,” said resident Jane Garvey.

“We will go out and we will do ultra low volume spraying, which is basically fogging from a truck, so we use that as a way to combat different types of mosquitoes, especially the golden marsh,” said Gaskins.

Gaskins says up until recently, the mosquito population in the city was lower compare to last year. So far, Gaskins says they’ve sprayed in the Wythe, Pheobus and south Hampton areas.

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