As with most neighboring counties in the region, Pitt County is experiencing a very large population increase of floodwater mosquitoes due to Hurricane Florence. Thankfully, most of these mosquitoes are considered nuisance mosquitoes and are NOT as likely to transmit diseases to humans or animals as other species. However, because of the additional time many spend outdoors cleaning up after a hurricane or flood, residents are more likely to be bitten by these mosquitoes.
To help combat the growing population, Pitt County staff is conducting ground spraying using a priority list determined by density of human population and mosquito habitat. Several municipalities within Pitt County also have staff dedicated to ground spraying efforts. In addition to the short term and localized benefits that spraying offers, more effective long-term solutions such habitat control and larvaciding are being utilized as well.
Community members can have a huge impact in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. “Tip & Toss” is one of the best methods to control the mosquito population by removing standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Keeping gutters free from debris is also important to prevent standing water.
To learn more about Pitt County Environmental Health’s efforts to control the mosquito population or to learn more about what you can do to protect you and your family visit www.pittcountync.gov/mosquito.