Mosquito treatment set for Monday at Craney Island

Published Sept. 10, 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 Monday 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 Tuesday.

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

There’s no need for beekeepers in affected areas to take special precautions, officials said, as the chemical used does not affect bees.

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

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