County Continues Spraying For Mosquitoes Following Florence

County Continues Spraying For Mosquitoes Following Florence

County Continues Spraying For Mosquitoes Following Florence Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 03 October 2018 21:47

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -   New Hanover County Vector Control began spraying for mosquitoes Monday night September 24th, following Hurricane Florence which brought record rainfall to the region last week.

On Tuesday October 2nd, the County released an updated map showing areas where spraying will occur from the 2nd to the 4th.

The areas include the majority of the County including the beach towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach which are both scheduled for spraying on October 4th.

County officials are urging people to tip and toss all containers around homes and businesses to help prevent mosquito breeding.

The public can sign up for spray alerts to be notified when spraying will take place at https://health.nhcgov.com/your-environment/public-health/mosquito-control/

Mosquitoes

Large populations of mosquitoes can emerge days to weeks after heavy rains or flooding. Most are ‘nuisance’ mosquitoes, but some can carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis. To protect yourself from vector-borne diseases:
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
• Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or an equivalent when outside and use caution when applying to children.
“Mosquitoes only need one tablespoon of water and a week to breed,” says Marie Hemmen, who specializes in mosquito control with New Hanover County Public Health. “They can carry diseases and be a nuisance, so it is important to have safe, effective, and continuous mosquito control and awareness in the community. Residents can do their part and help prevent mosquitoes by dumping outdoor containers every five days around their homes.”
Public Health’s Mosquito Control uses a variety of prevention and control methods to reduce mosquito populations in New Hanover County. By monitoring traps, bodies of water, and coastal areas throughout the county for mosquito production, Public Health analyzes mosquito counts, species, and other data to determine areas with increased mosquito populations and how to treat them most effectively.
New Hanover County Mosquito Control uses a variety of measures including spraying areas of the County to control the mosquito population.
Below are mosquito protections that all resident can take at home:
• Dump water from all containers and store them inside or under cover. For large containers or ponds that cannot be emptied, Public Health has free larvicide kits (ZKits) available at the Government Center (230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140) and the Public Health Department (2029 S. 17th Street) while supplies last.
• Tip and toss or clean out items like flower pot saucers, children’s toys, bird baths, boats, buckets, container lids, tarps, and tires. Even a small amount of water can breed hundreds of mosquitoes.
• Clear roof gutters of debris.
• Plug tree holes.
• Reduce time spent outdoors, particularly in early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.
• Use screened windows and doors and make sure screens fit tightly and are not torn.
• Wear light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
• Apply mosquito repellent containing active ingredients such as DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, Picaridin, or IR3535 to exposed skin areas following the label directions.

You can help control the growing mosquito population & limit the health risks that come with it. Larvicide tablets are for standing water that can't be dumped out, and they're available at the following locations while supplies last:
- New Hanover County Public Library branches
- New Hanover County Health Department
- Environmental Health at the Government Center

For hours & more information, visit https://emergency.nhcgov.com/mosquito-control

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