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The Mosquito Surveilance Program for the 2016 has started. No adulticide spraying has been scheduled. Larval monitoring and treatment is underway. Please call 703-792-6279 or email email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
The Prince William County Mosquito & Forest Pest Management Branch typically sprays for adult mosquitos Monday through Friday throughout the mosquito season, and spray (adulticide) is often done at night. There is no set schedule or order in which the blocks are sprayed. Rather, there are criteria established by the branch that trigger mosquito spray in a given area or neighborhood.
One trigger that could result in mosquito spray is based on surveillance trapping of adult mosquitos. If a threshold number of female mosquitoes is met or exceeded on a given night, this can trigger mosquito spray for that trap area. Another trigger for mosquito spray is that the mosquitos caught in a trap area test positive for
West Nile Virus. For information on the Zika virus, click
The ideal or most efficient form of mosquito control includes treating or larviciding immature mosquitos in standing water.
Adult mosquito spray is limited in its affect on adult mosquitos. The spray only affects adult mosquitos that are out flying and come into contact with the spray at the moment it is being sprayed. The spray does not affect mosquitos that are not active, at rest at night, or do not come into contact with the spray.
One of the most numerous and problematic mosquito species in Prince William County is not affected by spray, since it is inactive, or at rest during the evening and nighttime hours. That species is the
Asian Tiger Mosquito. This species is among several found in the County that breeds in artificial or man-made containers, and is extremely difficult to control. You can help eliminate Asian Tiger Mosquitos by making sure containers that hold a tablespoon or more of water are emptied or flushed out at least once a week.