District, Portsmouth announce mosquito-spraying date under new contract award

Published June 19, 2020
Updated: June 23, 2020

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 thunderstorms in the forecast, this week's aerial mosquito treatment at Craney Island has been rescheduled for Wednesday.

Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Portsmouth are slated to conduct joint aerial mosquito spraying over federal property on Craney Island, adjacent city properties and the Churchland area. It's set to occur from 5-10 p.m. in areas north of State Route 164.

Beekeepers in affected areas should keep bees covered during spraying operations. People with known allergies are advised to stay indoors.

The Portsmouth Mosquito Hotline provides continuous updates on all aerial mosquito spraying in the area and can be reached at 757-393-8666.

The district recently awarded a $221,223 contract to Eastern Aviation LLC for aerial mosquito treatment until November.

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