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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Help reduce Asian tiger mosquito population in your area

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Public Works’ Environmental Services Division is asking residents to monitor their yards and dump any standing water to help reduce the Asian tiger mosquito population.

The most prolific nuisance mosquito in the region, the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, thrives in the recent rainy conditions and high temperatures.

According to Environmental Services, the Asian tiger mosquito has adapted to finding water around people, their homes and workplaces. This species is also active during daylight and dawn/dusk and they bite typically during the day, which inhibits the efficacy of the city’s nighttime spraying efforts.

Because the Asian tiger mosquito tends to rest at night, that’s the best time to eliminate the places they breed. Inspect your property at least weekly and dump any standing water you find around the house. Toys, buckets, birdbaths, flower pot trays, tarps, or spare tires are some of the most commonly seen habitats in neighborhoods.

Environmental Services also highly recommends that residents use repellent when outdoors. Other methods of reducing exposure to mosquitoes include using the three L's of mosquito control: light colors, loose clothing and long sleeves.

Hampton’s Mosquito Control Division is hard at work hunting for mosquito breeding sites on public property (city ditches, depressed areas holding water, wooded pools, etc.) but needs your help emptying containers on private property. Please call Hampton’s 311 services (757-727-8311) if you have any questions or concerns. The team will inspect and assess a property if help is needed.

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