Williamsburg gears up for annual battle against mosquitoes

Williamsburg gears up for annual battle against mosquitoes

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Williamsburg gears up for annual battle against mosquitoes

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

WILLIAMSBURG -- It's that time of year -- time for mosquitoes.

 

The City of Williamsburg will begin spraying to eliminate the biting insets on Wednesday, June 4. The program includes fogging/spraying the entire City from public streets every Wednesday around dusk, on-site yard inspections by request and elimination of breeding sites such as standing water.

Efforts will continue through September.

A City employee will come out to inspect your yard for high mosquito activity. To set up an appointment, call 757-220-6140 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email publicworks@williamsburgva.gov .

Officials say most mosquito problems around houses can be traced to small containers that hold water for a least one week. Old bottles, cups, flowerpot water trays, birdbaths, tree holes and old tires are very good locations for mosquitoes to breed. Leaf-filled gutters are also particularly good places for mosquitoes to breed.

Tips for reducing mosquitoes: (from the Williamsburg Mosquito Control Program
1.Throw away old bottles, cans, and plastic containers from your yard.
2.Clean leaf-filled gutters to allow proper drainage.
3.Turn buckets, baby pools, boats and other outside containers upside down when they are not in use.
4.Change the water in birdbaths, ornamental ponds and fountains at least once a week.
5.Screen or cover rain barrels, garbage cans and other large containers.
6.Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
7.Properly dispose of old and used tires.
8.Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not have a place to hide.
9.Repair leaky water faucets, water hoses and air conditioners.
10.Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.

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