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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Jun 20

Take the Bite Out of Mosquitoes

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 8:08 AM by Communications Department

The City’s 2017 Mosquito Control Program began on June 1, and runs until October. The program is aimed at protecting public health by reducing the number of mosquitoes during the mosquito season. The Vector Control Division of the Department of Public Works is equipped with three Ultra Low Volume fogger trucks that travel along public streets fogging/spraying designated areas throughout the City three days a week. Birdbath_scThe designated fogging areas are based upon mosquito trap counts and service requests.

The City’s program also includes on-site property inspections, eliminating breeding sites such as standing water, and using low-toxicity pesticides to reduce mosquito larvae when removing standing water is not feasible. For inquiries about the property inspection program, contact the Newport News 311 Center at or 757-933-2311.

Below is a list of practices you can apply to reduce mosquito breeding habitats around your home.
• Change the water in birdbaths, ornamental ponds at least twice a week.
• Clean leaf-filled drains to allow proper drainage.
• Fill in or drain any ground depressions on your property.
• Keep grass mowed and shrubbery well-pruned to avoid breeding sites.
• Clean roof areas and leaf-filled gutters to allow proper drainage.
• Ensure that your pool filtration is operational.
• Turn containers, baby pools, and pots upside down when not in use.
• Screen or cover rain barrels, garbage cans and other large containers.
• Properly dispose of old tires.
• Repair leaky water faucets, water hoses and air conditioners.

Finally, be informed! Learn about Zika, an infection caused by the Zika virus that spreads to people primarily through bites of infected mosquitoes. The Virginia Department of Health has valuable information on its website Currently, all Virginia Zika cases are associated with travel to Zika-affected areas.

Working together, we can take a bite out of mosquitoes!