Mosquito infestation set to soar in Hampton Roads after recent rains


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Mosquitos, “they’re gross and they make you itch and they just make your summer bad.” 9-year-old Kayln Full told, but if you think they’re bad now just wait a week.

“We’re going to have more mosquitos than normal — anywhere in Hampton Roads.” said Chesapeake Mosquito Control Director, Dreda Symonds.

She sees all the standing water around,  mosquito breeding grounds,  and knows its going to get bad.

They trap mosquitos nightly in the city and were counting their catch Tuesday morning.  

They nabbed 10 different types.  The one they’re seeing most she said is very aggressive.  It flies in your face and bites at your arms. “Fortunately though, those mosquitos don’t tend to carry diseases,” Symonds said.

The bad news is the type that carries West Nile is also very active this season.

Mosquito pools have tested for it in Chesapeake.   Suffolk is warning residents it too found West Nile positive mosquitos downtown and in the Lakeside and Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

10 On Your Side checked with the Virginia Department of Health and found out that no people have contracted the disease in Hampton Roads this season and all cities are working to keep it that way. 

You’ll see trucks out spraying in just about every neighborhood and the Air Force plans to spray Tuesday night
over Langley and Craney Island, weather permitting.

“We will pretty much be as many places as we can, as quickly as we can,” Symonds said. 

But it’s a war they can’t win without citizen soldiers patrolling their own yards.

That means dumping anything that collects water — containers, toys, tarps. In this fight, Symonds says you have to think like a mosquito and act like a mom.

“Just keep bug spray on them constantly. its kind of like sunscreen with the hot weather,” said Melissa Full.

Because the mosquitos have been so bad, Chesapeake’s mosquito control budget is already ahead of where it should be this season. But don’t worry, 10 On  Your Side asked and there is an emergency fund they can dip into if needed to cover the cost of overtime and pesticides.

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