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Has New Hanover County quit spraying to control mosquitoes?

Chris Mazzolini

No, you have nothing to worry about – unless you’re a mosquito.

Between March and November, New Hanover County sprays regularly for mosquitoes using truck-borne pesticides. All the spraying happens at night, between 6 p.m. and midnight when the mosquitoes are most active and there’s less risk the chemicals will hurt other insects.

Dave Jenkins with the Health Department, one of five employees in the Vector Control Division, says that the weekly schedule for spraying is based on data the division gathers regularly and customer complaints.

Jenkins said that they have been getting lots of complaints this summer, and that 90 percent of them involve the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which breeds in containers of stagnant water.

So, the best thing a resident can do is dump out any standing water on their property to prevent the mosquitos from breeding can breed.

“If you breed them you feed them,” Jenkins said.

For questions about mosquito spraying in New Hanover County, you can call 798-6667.

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2 Responses to “ Has New Hanover County quit spraying to control mosquitoes?”

  1. On June 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm Deb wrote:

    It really doesn’t help when they fly down the road. I live on a 35 mph road and the mosquitoe truck just zooms by and more than 35mph.

  2. On September 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm Dave wrote:

    Thanks for the comment. Our sprayers have a variable spray output which varies the spray based on the speed of the vehicle. There are also GPS tracking units on the spray trucks that measure location, time, and chemical output. Our sprayers are set up to spray from 2 mph to about 20 mph. We attempt to spray around 10-15 mph. Our drivers often have to drive into a cul-de-sac or dead road and in order to prevent from driving through the spray they have to drive in and spray out. Trucks will drive the speed limit when driving in and the sprayer motor will be running as well as the lights will be on but no spray will be discharged from the sprayer. It is also really difficult for our trucks to spray on main roads due to traffic. Just wanted to share this with you.

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