PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) - Mosquitoes are taking over Churchland, and people who live there are sick of the bloodthirsty insects.
The Army Corps of Engineers believes the trouble comes from the facts that homes are in a low-lying area and that Hampton Roads experienced a warm winter and a wet spring.
Serita Person lives in Churchland and said sometimes her children can’t play outside because of the mosquito problem. She sprays them down with bug spray when they head outdoors.
"They are coming in the house with several bites. As a mother with a son with Autism, he's saying, 'I’m itchy,'" Person told 13News Now.
People who live down the street from Person share her frustration.
Aaron Fulcher said, "To the degree of, I'd say 20 mosquitoes are on me at one time."
The City of Portsmouth and the Army Corps are working together to spray pesticides in the Chuchland area.
“I think that the city is doing their best to try and serve us," stated Person, noting that effort seems to have led to a decrease in the bugs.
Others, including Fulcher, said it hasn't helped, and they want the city to do more.
"I’ve lived here for 10 to 15 years, and this is the first year I’ve had to look at getting the yard treated," Fulcher explained. "Just to cut my grass, I put on long sleeves. I put on long pants. It doesn't matter if it is 100 degrees or not."
Many community members are hoping there is a better handle on the situaion in the near future so that everyone can enjoy the outdoors without being doused in bug spray.
The Army Corps of Engineers will continue monitoring the area and working with the city in spraying efforts.