NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The week of June 25-July 1, 2017 has been declared “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). 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.
“It’s time to look around your yard, because mosquito control starts at home,” says Marie Hemmen, Environmental Health Specialist of New Hanover County Vector Control. “All mosquitoes require water to breed, so limiting water-filled containers 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. “Controlling these mosquitoes is the responsibility of the homeowner,” says Hemmen. “If every citizen takes the time to tip and toss outdoor containers, progress can be made towards preventing this pest.”
Below are important mosquito protections that every resident can take:
New Hanover County Vector Control monitors sites throughout the county, including coastal areas, for mosquito production. Visit the Vector Control section of New Hanover County Health Department’s website for more information, including the weekly mosquito spray map and how to submit a mosquito complaint for your area. Learn more about the use of repellents at https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents.
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