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It depends on where it is located. Roadside ditches are maintained by VDOT. If the ditch is not along the roadway, then the County would maintain it if it is in an easement dedicated to York County. Some easements are dedicated to Homeowners Associations (HOA's) and would be their responsibility to fix problems. It helps if the homeowners can keep their own ditches clean since County and VDOT staff is limited.
It is being done by source reduction drainage maintenance, biological control, and if needed, by ground and/or aerial applications as the mosquito situation dictates.
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Wear long, loose and light clothing along with using an approved mosquito repellent.
If uncontrolled they can be vectors of various diseases such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Malaria, Yellow and Dengue Fever in addition to dog heartworms.
Surveillance data, mosquito monitor trap reporting, and calls from specific locations or neighborhoods. Spraying is not automatic as it is based on the number of mosquitoes found and the bona fide threat.
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The pesticides applied follow strictly the EPA's agency's labeling requirements and are applied only by applicators who have a state license that is VDACS certified.
No, as ground spraying kills only 15% and aerial spraying 90%.
Call our mosquito spray hotline at 890-3793 after 3 p.m. daily or check the front page of the website for spray information which is updated daily.
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Tip and Toss standing water from yard containers at least once a week. As little as one inch of water in a can or dog dish can produce dozens of mosquitoes.
Yes, as there are approximately 43,000 acres of fresh water woodland and salt marsh breeding environments coupled with backyard water laden containers.
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Our trash contractor observes the following holidays: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Collections that fall on these holidays will be delayed by one day and each collection day that follows the holiday will be delayed by one day (for example, if the holiday is on a Tuesday, Tuesday's collections will be on Wednesday, Wednesday's will be on Thursday, etc.). All other holidays will have regular collection.