Sent to Cape Charles Mirror – “One of the less-talked-about wonderful things about living in Cape Charles is the ability to take off for months and be assured that your home is safe. Everyone watches out for you and you can even forget to lock your home, as we often do, with no worrisome consequence – with one exception: the trashcan. You can hop around the alleys and you will find enough open cans, with the amount of water in the can proportional to the owner’s absence. This summer, after a very short absence (less than a month) compared to our usual, I found the trashcan open, half-filled with rainwater and populated with mosquito larvae. Subsequently, I walked through the alleys, and found plenty of similarly open trashcans with floating detritus.
Mosquito factories are churning in every other backyard, and the town is buzzing with pests. Don’t even bother spraying; for $13 monthly per household, the garbage service will undo the extermination many times over. With the zika virus already in Virginia and the threat it presents to infants and fetuses, what kind of asswipe service is this, that not only hampers our lifestyle, but threatens the well-being of the community?!”
A walk through any alley will confirm this account. With many lids wide open, they have been collecting water all summer, creating the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. With so many many travelers coming to Cape Charles from many different areas, the possibility that an Aedes mosquito can find its way to Cape Charles is possible. 43 cases of Zika have been reported in the State, with two in the Hampton Roads area.