Mosquito Control ramps up spraying after West Nile Virus is discovered in Beach neighborhoods

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) – Folks in Virginia Beach are being advised to take extra precautions after mosquito tests turned up positive results for the West Nile Virus.

Officials say there have been five positive mosquito tests over the last three weeks. These were discovered at the Mosquito control Biology Lab.

The areas affected include the area near Redwing Park, the Thalia subdivision, Kings Grant, Windsor Woods near Mt. Trashmore and on Old Dam Neck Road in Ocean Lakes.

West Nile virus can lead to illness in humans, but less than 1% of those who get it develop serious problems.

Officials say this is not an unusually high number of positive cases, but this does indicate increasing disease activity.

Mosquito control has now increased spraying in the areas affected.

Crews have already treated the first two areas and will be spraying the others tonight or as the weather permits.

“We are moving out to the perimeter areas around those sites and then we will continue on to other sites in Virginia Beach where we know there are a little bit higher concentrations,” Mosquito Control Superintendent Phil Meekins told NewsChannel 3’s Todd Corillo Friday.

If you live in any of these areas or spend a lot of time outdoors, you should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites including minimizing outdoor activity around dusk, wear long, loose, light colored clothing, use insect repellent,  and get rid of standing water.

 

4 comments

  • J Walsh

    I called the city of Va Beach gave them my address, requested mosquito spraying in the Green Run area at S. Independence blvd and Buckner blvd. Their comments was that a recent test showed that this was not a problem area
    and no additional action was needed. I am here to tell you that they are wrong, stand outside morning noon or early evening and if the mosquitoes were any bigger they would carry you away. You must live in a more taxable neighborhood to get any help from the city of Va Beach.

  • David

    Please keep your poisons out of my yard. Last night the horrible spray truck left a cloud in my yard. A Cardinal nest with young was completely fogged and I obverved bats witch were doing the job fly directly into a heavy concentration. We have humming birds, butterflies, and honey bees working our flowers that we enjoy so much. Today we are concerned that pesticides of unknown origin are present in out created ecosystem, what chemicals they are are unknown to us. Please stop this totally useless chemical warfare that
    is ineffective, because large areas like 1st landing state park still produces them, and all you have done is poisoned our yard. The city has not provided us with MSDS or has not published chemicals they are using.
    Please keep your chemicals in your truck or skip over North End. It is unwanted,and most of all totally useless.

  • Christopher Bolis-Smith

    In my neighborhood a couple of resistance have pools and they don’t take care of them. There not in uses but has anywhere form 2 to 6 inches of water in there pools.

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