Aug. 15, 2018 - The Defense Department will conduct nighttime aerial mosquito spraying over Langley Air Force Base and Craney Island sometime between Aug. 28 and 30. The spraying will not be over the City of Hampton.
The Air Force uses specially modified C-130s with global positioning systems to make sure spraying occurs only over designated areas. Still, officials recommend that bee keepers adjacent to these areas cover their hives in the evening to help prevent any loss of bees.
The spraying will begin after sunset to minimize impact to insects such as bees and to decrease exposure to personnel. The insecticide being used is considered safe for humans and pets, but those with allergies or respiratory concerns should remain indoors during aerial spraying operations. It is also recommended that small children remain indoors as their respiratory systems are not fully developed and are more susceptible to irritation.
Hampton's entomlogists say that the volume of mosquitoes in the city is relatively low right now, judging by the number caught in traps, the number carrying diseases, and calls for service to the 311 call center.
However, recent rains have created likely breeding conditions. Residents are reminded to dump any containers with standing water to help eliminate the Asian tiger mosquito habitat, to wear repellent and to call 311 (727-8311 from a cell) if mosquitoes do become a problem in your neighborhood.