Teams prepare for mosquito season

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Across the Cape Fear mosquito teams have been gearing up for bug season for months now.

“We’re projecting that it’s a possibility that we’re going to have a really busy year this year,” said Pat Simmons an administrative officer with Pender County.

And with concerns over the Zika virus on the rise, education is huge this year.

“The mosquito that would carry the Zika virus, if it were to come here, is a mosquito that specifically breeds in tree holes and containers. So it’s not that type of mosquito that breeds in ditches or woodland pools or the marsh. The one that we’re concerned about only breeds in containers,” said Marie Hemmen the New Hanover County environmental health supervisor.

New Hanover County is sending information home with students at the end of the school year and Pender County is trying to get the word out to concerned folks as well.

“We have materials that we will be glad to actually send them. Also we do educational programs throughout the county and we’re planning on getting some of our material at both of the libraries, the Burgaw Library and the Hampstead Library,” said Simmons.

Both counties said they have already started spraying for mosquitoes and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

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