Protect your family from deadly bug invasion in Hampton Roads

Disease carrying and potentially deadly bugs are invading Hampton Roads. Thirty-five different species of mosquitoes are in Chesapeake at any given time. One-third of them can carry fatal diseases like West Nile and triple-e.

“And with triple e you certainly have a high death rate unfortunately,” says Nancy Welch, Chesapeake Health Director.

Welch says about 35 percent of the time, triple e is deadly.

It and West Nile are two diseases found in birds that can be transmitted to people through those pesky mosquitoes.

There’s one mosquito the City of Chesapeake can’t do much about, and it’s the one closest to your home.

The Asian tiger mosquito loves the suburbs, living in bird baths and in watering cans, anywhere with water around your house. The city is finding it is increasingly carrying deadly diseases like triple-e and West Nile.

“The Asian tiger plays a greater role than what we thought it did. We thought of it as more of an annoying kind of mosquito but now we know it also can be a disease transmitting mosquito,” says Welch.

The Asian tiger mosquito doesn’t travel far.

Eliminating standing water makes all the difference in keeping your neighborhood safe.

“All it takes is one house in a neighborhood,” says Welch. “I can go and spray every night and kill every adult in the neighborhood but if you’re not getting rid of that breeding site, they’re going to be right back tomorrow.”

As for ticks, the picture is even grimmer.

Hampton Roads has a bullseye on it with northern Lyme disease-carrying ticks and fever-inducing southern ticks converging right on our area.

There are thousands of times more ticks around today than a few decades ago says tick expert Dr. Holly Gaff of Old Dominion University.

“There are people who have incredible misery out of these diseases,” says Gaff.

We even have our own tick, the Tidewater Fever Tick, was discovered in Portsmouth.

No worries on having it crawl around my finger— they’re picky eaters, taking at least an hour to find the right spot before becoming an insect vampire.

“The majority want to feed on some other kind of wildlife, but we’re just that spill over accidental, okay fine I’ll feed on a human because I can’t find anything else,” says Gaff.

Ticks and mosquitoes are finding new life in Hampton Roads while making your summer increasingly dangerous.

5 comments

  • Laken Newton

    I have some of these tiger mosquitoes in my back yard and I have been bit over 60 times so far this summer. I have scars and really bad redness from itching and nothing helps. Not bug spray, itch creams or allergy relief medicine. I have also had my husband and dad help me spray but they still show up. I have a 2 year old daughter and I do not need her to get sick from this bug. Something needs to happen and fast!!!

    • Troop t money

      Listen people keep no standing water in yard and still have misquotes but fail to even think about their gutters. Don’t overlook that it is how I help keep them thirsty

      • Laken Newton

        I have do all of that but I think it has to do with the fact that I live in a town house and I can not control what people have in their yards.

  • Let's be real, here....

    They’re sending trucks around to poof poison into the air, in my neighborhood. I guess that’s supposed to help.

  • Kelly

    When I was younger we would hear the mosquito truck coming down the road at least 3-4 times a month, and I don’t remember bugs being much of a problem. Its already July and I haven’t seen one yet. Last year I saw maybe two the entire summer. It just doesn’t seem like the cities are straying for these pests much anymore.

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