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Mosquito season is here, so let’s “Fight the Bite” together

Posted June 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm     Category: Environmental HealthHealthNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Mosquito season runs from May through November in New Hanover County and this week, June 24-30, is the American Mosquito Control Association’s (AMCA) “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.” It is a good opportunity to remind residents about the important role they play in controlling mosquitoes at home.

“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.

Residents can learn more about the work of Mosquito Control, find a weekly spray map and schedule, and sign up to receive alerts when mosquito spraying is planned in your area, on the county’s website.

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.

Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper
910-798-7461

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