Mosquito treatment set for Tuesday at Craney Island

Published Oct. 17, 2019
Updated: Oct. 21, 2019

An aircraft releases aerial application of larvicide and adulticide to keep mosquitoes contained at Craney Island dredged material management area in Portsmouth, Virginia. Hampton Roads consistently ranks high among the nation’s worst regions for mosquito populations, according to the Virginia Mosquito Control Association. (U.S. Army file photo)

NORFOLK, Va. – Due to logistical issues, Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rescheduled the planned aerial mosquito treatment over federal property on Craney Island to Tuesday.

Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Helicopter Applicators Inc. – the district’s contractor – will spray granular larvicide to target developing mosquito larvae in the area.

The contractor will use an Air Tractor, a fixed-wing aircraft similar to a dust cropper, to conduct the treatment.

Beekeepers in affected areas do not need to take special precautions, as the chemical used doesn’t affect bees.

For continuous updates on mosquito spraying in the area, contact the Portsmouth Mosquito Hotline at 757-393-8666.

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