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: