Brunswick County asks for federal help with mosquito problem

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Mosquitoes (Photo: Franco Patrizia)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County is asking the federal government for help dealing with the mosquito problem in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

The county says it has submitted a request for an emergency aerial response for mosquito control. The county is also encouraging the public to take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

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The county says its mosquito control division actively monitors mosquito population trends throughout the county and conducts adulticiding efforts as the mosquito populations dictate.

According to a news release, Jeff Brown, Brunswick County Vector Control Supervisor, says the growing mosquito populations are hampering reconstructive efforts throughout the county. Officials are asking for an aerial response to help ease the lack of accessibility to certain areas. Mosquito Control will spray mosquitoes daily to address the increased mosquito population from the recent rains.

“The mosquito trucks will begin ground-based spraying on September 24, 2018, and emergency mosquito response will begin on September 25, 2018,” Brown added.

New Hanover County also says it will spray for mosquitoes over the next couple of weeks.

Heavy rains and flooding can lead to large populations of mosquitoes. Some mosquitos can carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis. Spraying for mosquitoes reduces adult mosquito populations, but every citizen needs to do his part to avoid being bitten. Sometimes the solution is as easy as going in the house a little earlier than you usually would.

David Stanley, the County Health and Human Services Executive Director, urges residents to wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant. If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.

“We just can’t stress this message enough – you need to be careful, taking every possible precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes,” Stanley added.

For more information regarding mosquitos or mosquito control activities in your area, please contact Brunswick County Mosquito Control Division at 910.253.2515, or click here to submit a mosquito control service request online.