NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Mosquito season is here in New Hanover County and during National Mosquito Awareness Week, which runs from June 20 to June 26, county Public Health officials are reminding community members of the important role they play in controlling mosquitoes at home.
“Mosquitoes only need one tablespoon of water and a week to breed, and they’re more than a nuisance – they pose a health risk because they can carry diseases like West Nile Virus,” said New Hanover County Public Health Director David Howard. “But taking simple steps around your own home can help control the mosquito population and protect your household and your neighbors.”
The New Hanover County Health and Human Services’ Public Health mosquito control section monitors mosquito activity using traps around the county to analyze mosquito species and population to identify areas with increased activity and determine how to treat them effectively.
A variety of mosquito population control methods are used, including mosquito prevention education, larvicide to target larvae and breeding sites, mosquito larvae eating fish, habitat mitigation for source reduction and ultra-low volume mosquito spraying with EPA-registered pesticide. Spraying typically occurs in late spring through early fall across 29 spray zones in the county. Residents can view a mosquito spray zone map and sign up to get spraying alerts when scheduled in their area by visiting Health.NHCgov.com.
Those who have previously subscribed to mosquito spraying alerts can visit Health.NHCgov.com to change alert preferences to a phone call, text message, or both. Next week, subscribers will receive a message from New Hanover County Public Health announcing updates to spraying alerts with prompts to change your notification preferences to text alerts or to unsubscribe. No action is required to remain on the notification list and continue to receive mosquito spraying alerts for your area.
Below are mosquito protections that all residents can take at home:
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 at Health.NHCgov.com.