NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County received more than 3.5 inches of rain from Hurricane Arthur, creating many areas where mosquitoes can potentially breed. It’s time to look around your yard because mosquito control starts at home. Limiting the areas where mosquitoes can live around your home or place of business is an important way of reducing their populations.
The Asian tiger mosquito is the number one nuisance pest in North Carolina and breeds in man-made containers. The Asian tiger mosquito is most well-known for transmitting dengue and chikungunya viruses but it has also been found infected in nature with the following viruses: West Nile, Eastern equine encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis (CDC, 2012). It can also transmit dog heartworm parasites. Ways to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease include:
Remove any containers that can hold water, even a small amount (1/8 inch), including saucers under flower pots;
To protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites:
For additional information regarding the use of repellents see the following website: http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html#which. For more information on the Asian tiger mosquito, please contact New Hanover County Vector Control at 910-798-6667. Follow the Health Department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NHCHealth or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NHCHealth.
Deputy Health Director