Mosquito Treatment To Start Early in Delaware - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Mosquito Treatment To Start Early in Delaware

Posted: Updated:
This helicopter is one of two that is expected to spray larvicide on Saturday morning (Source: WBOC) This helicopter is one of two that is expected to spray larvicide on Saturday morning (Source: WBOC)
Ernie Gaudioso said that Mosquito Authority has seen an increase in customers so far this year (Source: WBOC) Ernie Gaudioso said that Mosquito Authority has seen an increase in customers so far this year (Source: WBOC)

DELAWARE - Mosquito season may be coming a little earlier this year, and so Delaware authorities are starting their Larvicide treatments earlier as well. On Saturday morning, contracted pilots for The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, are expected to aerially spray Larvicides over selected wooded areas statewide. 

This process is happening a couple weeks early, due to an especially "mild winter," which has allowed mosquito larvae to develop at a faster pace than usual. 

"I've been doing this for about 15 years now," said Paul Zarebicki, from DFW. "And this is the.. earliest I've seen the mosquito larvae at this size. And in the life-stage that they are right at this period of time. On average they're about two weeks later than this." 

Zarebicki said that the warmer temperature has heated up the water, in which eggs are laying dormant, and that process has caused the larvae to develop faster. 

"This long term warm trend has just brought everything moving faster," he said. 

Zarebicki said two helicopters and an airplane are expected to be out on Saturday, although the process may be canceled if adverse weather conditions get in the way. He said that the aerial spraying will continue over the next couple weeks. 

Meanwhile in Maryland, Daniel Schamberger, from the Department of Agriculture, said that the agency is preparing to start their aerial spraying in the next two weeks. He said that they have already started some limited spraying, across the state. He said the agency is also inspecting woodland areas to monitor the population. 

The trend has created an increase in business for Ernie Gaudioso, from Mosquito Authority. Gaudioso said that the Rehoboth Beach company did not book any treatments until May in 2015. This year, he said the company has already treated approximately 10 lawns. 

Gaudioso said that fear over the Zika Virus has likely generated more attention toward mosquito removal services like his.

"Usually on March 18th," he said. "We're still bundled up in coats and jackets - shoveling snow from our driveways. This year we're actively treating mosquitoes."

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Horse Harassment on Assateague

    Horse Harassment on Assateague

    Thursday, May 25 2017 4:45 PM EDT2017-05-25 20:45:00 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 7:20 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:20:05 GMT

    People on Delmarva think tourists are getting a little too close to Assateague's wild horses. 

    More

    People on Delmarva think tourists are getting a little too close to Assateague's wild horses.

    More
  • Cambridge Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

    Cambridge Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:56 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:56:24 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 7:15 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:15:24 GMT

    A Federalsburg man is being held without bond after a traffic stop lead to the discovery of drugs and weapons.

    More

    Authorities say a Federalsburg man is being held without bond after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs and weapons.

    More
  • Teen Hospitalized After OC Hotel Fall

    Teen Hospitalized After OC Hotel Fall

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:48:06 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 7:11 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:11:36 GMT

    Ocean City police say a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling from an unknown height at a hotel in Ocean City on Thursday afternoon.

    More

    Ocean City police say a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling from an unknown height at a hotel in Ocean City on Thursday afternoon.

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Teen Hospitalized After OC Hotel Fall

    Teen Hospitalized After OC Hotel Fall

    Thursday, May 25 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-05-26 01:48:06 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 7:11 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:11:36 GMT

    Ocean City police say a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling from an unknown height at a hotel in Ocean City on Thursday afternoon.

    More

    Ocean City police say a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling from an unknown height at a hotel in Ocean City on Thursday afternoon.

    More
  • Cruisin' Leaves its Mark on Ocean City

    Cruisin' Leaves its Mark on Ocean City

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:38 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:38:22 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:41 AM EDT2017-05-25 11:41:49 GMT

     Cruisin' leaves it's mark on Ocean City. 

    More

    Last weekend's Cruisin' Ocean City event left its mark, in more ways than one. 

    More
  • Cambridge Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

    Cambridge Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:56 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:56:24 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 7:15 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:15:24 GMT

    A Federalsburg man is being held without bond after a traffic stop lead to the discovery of drugs and weapons.

    More

    Authorities say a Federalsburg man is being held without bond after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs and weapons.

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Dover Shootings Cause Heightened Concern Over Safety

    Dover Shootings Cause Heightened Concern Over Safety

    Yellow tape on Wednesday marked the crime scene outside a home in Capital Green where police said two people were shot in broad daylight while filming a rap video.

    More

    Yellow tape on Wednesday marked the crime scene outside a home in Capital Green where police said two people were shot in broad daylight while filming a rap video.

    More
  • 'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs.

    Every morning during crabbing season, you can see watermen gathering up their pots, collecting their catch, and putting the pots back in the water. What you cannot see is the problem: pots that have had their lines severed sit on the bay's bottom, sometimes never seen again, along with the crabs inside them.

    More

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs.

    Every morning during crabbing season, you can see watermen gathering up their pots, collecting their catch, and putting the pots back in the water. What you cannot see is the problem: pots that have had their lines severed sit on the bay's bottom, sometimes never seen again, along with the crabs inside them.

    More
  • Updated: Polygraph Tests at Heart of White Marlin Open Trial

    Updated: Polygraph Tests at Heart of White Marlin Open Trial

    Thursday marked day four of the White Marlin Open trial in Baltimore, in which a federal judge has to figure out who will get the millions of dollars in prize money from last year's tournament held in Ocean City.

    More

    Thursday marked day four of the White Marlin Open trial in Baltimore, in which a federal judge has to figure out who will get the millions of dollars in prize money from last year's tournament held in Ocean City.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices