NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared the week of June 26 – July 1, 2016 as “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.” Mosquito education and monitoring are top priorities for New Hanover County Health Department’s Vector Control, and this week allows for greater awareness about the work of Vector Control and the steps all residents need to take to help control the county’s mosquito population.
Currently, the majority of known mosquito breeding sites in New Hanover County are dry or drying down and mosquito populations have been light throughout the county. Vector Control continues to monitor all sites as well as coastal areas for mosquito production. According to Marie Hemmen, environmental health supervisor with Vector Control, “artificial containers are the biggest threat right now in New Hanover County for breeding mosquitos. Getting rid of anything that can hold water is the best solution for controlling mosquitoes.”
Below are important mosquito protections that every resident can take:
The county’s Vector Control is dedicated to preserving the public’s health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs. The unit sets eight mosquito traps throughout New Hanover County each week to monitor mosquito species and populations. Based on these traps, as well as landing counts, larval surveillance, and citizen complaint investigations – vector control determines the areas in the county to be sprayed. Spraying takes anywhere from four to six hours per zone, and New Hanover County consists of 29 zones. The department also monitors approximately 300 mosquito breeding areas in the county, which are monitored and treated monthly.
The department continually provides education to local HOAs, businesses, and homeowners. Just this year, New Hanover County’s Vector Control partnered with New Hanover County Public Schools to create a mosquito curriculum for fifth graders. In addition, the county’s updated Asian tiger mosquito brochure was recently sent to every elementary school student in New Hanover County. Awareness and understanding are critical to help reduce mosquito populations.
New Hanover County residents are encouraged to call the health department with any vector control issues or concerns at 910-798-6667 and visit our website at http://health.nhcgov.com/your-environment/public-health/ for more information.
New Hanover County Vector Control