Williamsburg to begin mosquito control program on June 3

Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Williamsburg 2020 mosquito control program will begin
Wednesday, June 3.

The program reduces mosquitoes during the season from June through September. Spraying is weather-dependent and curtailed during rainy conditions.

The city uses an insecticide that kills adult mosquitoes, black flies, and gnats. The insecticide, Duet, also rapidly bio-degrades to create risks for area beekeepers and pollinators.

Most species of mosquito live about two weeks, so any change in their breeding grounds will have a near-immediate impact on the number of mosquitoes in an area.

Every Williamsburg resident can help fight nuisance insects by getting rid of standing
water in their yard:

  • Change the water in birdbaths, ornamental ponds and fountains at least once a
    week.
  • Clean leaf-filled drains, gutters, and roof areas to allow proper drainage.
  • Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in the yard.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed around the house so adult
    mosquitoes will not have a place to hide.
  • Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
  • Turn buckets, baby pools, boats, and other outside containers upside down when
    they are not in use.
  • Cover rain barrels, garbage cans, and other large containers.
  • Properly dispose of old, unnecessary tires.
  • Repair leaky water faucets, water hoses, and air conditioners.
    Call the Public Works office at 757-220-6140 with any questions about the mosquito control
    program, for an on-site yard inspection or for information on how to get rid of old tires.

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