Mosquito treatment set for Friday at Craney Island

Published Aug. 5, 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. – Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct another round of aerial mosquito treatment Friday over federal property on Craney Island.

Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Eastern Aviation LLC – the district’s contractor – will spray granular larvicide to target developing mosquito larvae in the area. If weather conditions don’t allow spraying, the makeup date is Saturday.

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