Jacksonville steps up mosquito spraying after another horse dies from EEE virus

JACKSONVILLE, NC (Press Release) — Jacksonville continues enhanced mosquito control efforts during this rainy period, and after a second horse has died from mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus in Onslow County.

County officials have informed the City that the horse was at the same stables near Hubert as the first horse that died earlier this month.

In an abundance of caution, the City enhanced mosquito control efforts as an additional protection against mosquito borne illnesses earlier this month.

“We continue our efforts to mitigate mosquitoes,” said Wally Hansen, Public Services Director. “Weather has been an issue as the spray is ineffective when it is raining.”

The City began a project to create a barrier around the City. Efforts will continue on maintaining the barrier and to increase spraying to control the mosquito population.

City mosquito control efforts will use mobile units as well as regular vehicles to conduct the barrier spraying. Spraying times are late in the evening or early morning to avoid human contact and traffic.

Residents can help advance abatement efforts by removing containers and surfaces that collect water where mosquitoes like to breed. Tip-and-Toss is an effective way to get rid of potential breeding areas. Don’t let standing water be a place for the mosquitoes to breed.

Residents also urged to provide for personal protection against Mosquitoes by using products with heavy DEET concentrations.

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