Pitt County Health Department officials are recommending that residents take advantage of the NC Governor’s COVID-19 “Stay-At-Home” order to begin preparing their homes and yards for mosquito season. “Mosquitoes can be more than just a nuisance. They can spread diseases which can range from mild to severe. In rare circumstances, some of these conditions can be fatal. With the arrival of spring, bringing warm and wet weather, our Environmental Health staff is monitoring and promoting the control of our mosquito population,” said Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John Silvernail.
Along with recommendations from the CDC, Pitt County Vector Control Manager, Jim Gardner recommends the following measures to help provide mosquito control.
- Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Home: Install or repair window and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open. Use air conditioning when possible.
- Kill Mosquitoes Inside Your Home: Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room. Use an indoor insect fogger or indoor insect spray to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. When using insecticides, always follow label directions to ensure your family is not exposed.
- Practice “Tip and Toss” to Control Mosquitoes Outside Your Home: Mosquitoes lay eggs near water. Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs. Regularly empty, scrub, or cover items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, rain barrels) so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs. For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito. Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out. Repair cracks or gaps in septic tanks. Cover open vents or plumbing pipes. Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest. When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.
For more information on mosquito management in Pitt County, including links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visit: www.PittCountyNC.gov/Mosquito. Pitt County Environmental Health staff is available to help investigate local mosquito control problems, and can be reached at 252-902-3210.
All information regarding Pitt County’s response efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak are available on the Coronavirus Information Page of the Pitt County Website, at: www.PittCountyNC.gov/Coronavirus.