Chesapeake spraying to combat unusual mosquito surge


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – If you live in Chesapeake, you’ve probably noticed a lot of pesky visitors in town.

“They’re all over, and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen them at this capacity, they’re everywhere,” says Lisa Wagenbrenner,a biologist with the city’s Mosquito Control Division.

Wagenbrenner says there was a surge of flood water mosquitoes hatching over the weekend due to heavy rain from last month.

“Some of that water is still standing out in the woods, in ditches, so that’s where these mosquitoes have laid their eggs. This is where they’re getting ready to hatch out,” she says.

Mosquito control employees do not want residents to worry about possible health concerns.

“The good news is these mosquitoes don’t transmit diseases. They don’t live very long. They’re not going to transmit Zika or anything else,” says Mosquito Control Division Director Dreda Symonds.

Symonds says the increase of mosquitoes is unusual for this time of year. She says these types of mosquitoes live for up to two weeks. Crews will be out every night this week spraying in neighborhoods to help.

“For the flood water mosquitoes, it’s really hard for people to do anything about it, because there are vast areas of water out there and there’s not much they can do,” Symonds says.

She’s asking for residents, if they have standing water on their property, to pour it out to prevent Asian Tiger mosquitoes, which they’ve also recently seen out. These mosquitoes can carry the Zika virus, but none have tested positive in the area.

The city is also asking for the public’s patience as crews get out to each neighborhood as soon as possible.

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