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Mosquito control program begins June 6 in Williamsburg

The Asian tiger mosquito, an invasive species, is responsible for most bug bites in Virginia, according to the state’s Department of Health. They breed in containers, including buckets and plastic cups, and that makes them a challenge to control. (WYDaily/File photo)

Mosquito season is nearly here, but Williamsburg residents can soon take advantage of a city program to rid their yards of mosquitoes.

The City of Williamsburg’s mosquito control program begins Wednesday, June 6, according to a city news release.

The program is designed to reduce mosquito populations and, as a result, protect the public from the diseases they may carry. Virginia Mosquitoes can spread Zika, malaria, West Nile virus, Yellow Fever and more.

As part of the program, residential areas will be fogged from vehicles on public streets around dusk.

The city’s mosquito technician monitors mosquito activity by site inspections and checking mosquito traps. They then determine when and where fogging needs to be conducted.

City residents can request individual yard inspections by contacting the Williamsburg Public Works Department at publicworks@williamsburgva.gov or 757-220-6140.

Homeowners may also considers these tips to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in their yards.

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