Mosquito Spaying To Take Place In Carolina Beach August 27th

Mosquito Spaying To Take Place In Carolina Beach August 27th

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 25 August 2020 18:34

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County Mosquito Control will be spraying for the little blood suckers in Carolina Beach on August 27th. Spraying typically takes place in the afternoon and evening hours.

According to officials with NHC Mosquito Control, "New Hanover County’s coastal environment and mild climate allow for the rapid development of mosquitoes from March through November. While mosquitoes cannot be completely eliminated, it is important to control mosquitoes because they are a known disease “vector,” meaning they can transmit some diseases to humans. Even mosquitoes that do not transmit disease can be a nuisance in their biting behavior and, in severe instances, can be detrimental to the county’s quality of life."

The County uses a variety of prevention and control methods to reduce mosquito populations, including mosquito prevention education, larviciding to target larvae and breeding sites, and ultra-low volume mosquito spraying with EPA-registered pesticide.

It is not possible to eliminate all breeding sites and prevent the natural migration of mosquitoes, therefore ultra-low volume (ULV) spraying is sometimes necessary to keep populations under control and prevent the potential diseases transmitted through mosquito bites.

Mosquito Control staff determine where to spray based on mosquito species and counts, and other data collected from mosquito light traps, like the one shown below.

NHC Mosquito Control uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered Permanone 30-30 for spraying. The pesticide passed rigorous safety tests and is not harmful to human health or the environment when used according to the label.

Permanone 30-30 uses the same active ingredient as topical scabies and head lice prescription medications, and is labeled for mosquito control use in residential and recreational areas. As a precaution, you can go inside for 30 minutes when you see a mosquito control truck.

Mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle, so it is important to eliminate all sources of standing water including coolers, trash bins, toys, rain gutters and pipes, plant saucers, tarps, covered and uncovered boats, and bird baths. Any source of standing water, even as small as a bottle cap, can produce hundreds of mosquitoes.
Thinning shrubs and cutting down tall grass and weeds will also help reduce mosquitoes as they inhabit cool, shady areas to escape hot temperatures that can be deadly to mosquitoes.

New Hanover County Mosquito Control provides free larvicide tablets to the public while supplies last. Tablets are available at the Public Health administrative building located at 2029 S. 17th Street, or at Environmental Health located in the NHC Government Center at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140.

Larvicides may also be purchased at local home improvement stores or online. Mosquito Dunks® are safe for use around birds, wildlife, children, and pets. The active ingredient, Bti, is a bacterium that only affects the larvae of mosquitoes, black flies, and fungus gnats. Visit the EPA’s website for more information on Bti for mosquito control.

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.

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