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Richmond kicks off mosquito spraying initiative

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A major effort is underway right now to stop a tiny pest with deadly potential. While usually associated with summer, mosquitoes only need the right conditions to breed and that brings the threat of West Nile Virus. It's why the city of Richmond isn't wasting any time launching a months-long attack to protect you.

When the weather is nice outside, mosquitoes aren't the first things that come to mind - until they begin to bug you. City leaders advise they're not just a nuisance, they can also carry disease.

For Ian Little and his wife, it's the perfect day for working in the yard. It's a little upkeep now to make room for recreation later.

"It's a pretty social street so people enjoy their time out on the front porch or in the front yard," he said.

Sometimes though, there's one thing that can creep in the way.

"Mosquitoes can definitely deter from having a good time…[They] annoy the heck out of me man," Little added.

The city of Richmond agrees so it's starting mosquito abatement treatments throughout the city.

"We do several streets a day…we make sure we hit every single neighborhood," says spokesperson Angela Fountain.

She says the West Nile Virus is one reason crews take this so seriously. The disease can be deadly if contracted through an infected mosquito's bite.

"Mosquitoes can breed in just a teaspoon of water," Fountain adds.

Which means, it's that time of year when officials remind you to also do your part getting rid of standing water. Little things like tarps, upside down trash cans, even kiddie pools can welcome the pesky insects.

It's a fact not lost on Little.

"Not only getting rid of the standing water but [I] also put out candles that will deter mosquitoes as well," he said.

So as the city takes to the streets, you can take to your own yard and join in the effort to fight the bite.

"I appreciate that they want to help out with that and I guess perhaps if they didn't I would notice it," Little said.

Crews will treat Richmond's streets 4100 times a month for seven months. Mosquito season lasts through October.

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