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The job of mosquito control begins in the trenches - getting to the larvae before they take flight.

I was training with 27-year mosquito control veteran Robert Whitaker and his tech Jack in the woods near Oscar Smith High School.

'We got a lot of places that we do like this,' said Whitaker.

Each of us had a bag with tablets that get tossed in the swamp where Chesapeake mosquitoes breed. We hiked deep into the woods and found our way to Providence Swamp. There are about 140 of these sites in Chesapeake and Robert's crew covers 26 of them.

The goal is to get preventative tablets near the breeding sites. Robert and I were working one end and Jack took off and made his way close to the reeds where mosquitoes love to breed.

'Sometimes we hire people that just don't work out. They don't like the snakes, they don't like wild animals. It takes very special people to do this kind of work.' said Whitaker.

Director of Chesapeake Mosquito Control Joe Simmons showed us the samples they take. Of the nearly 30 mosquito types they can find, about 12 are worrisome. The Asian Tiger is the one that can carry West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephilitis or triple E.

'But again it all relates to water. If there's a lot of water, we've got a lot of mosquitoes. If there's not much, if it's a dry summer, then our numbers are going to be down. It's that easy and that simple,' Simmons said.


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