Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Brunswick County will begin Monday, Oct. 1, weather-permitting, to assist with mosquito populations following Hurricane Florence and the storm-related flooding.
The spraying will be County-wide, including all towns or cities and all islands. The planes will fly at approximately the same time of day that the trucks spray (during the evening hours). Additional information about the aerial spraying, including a spraying schedule, will be shared as soon as it is available.
Heavy rains and flooding can lead to large populations of mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.
Brunswick County began spraying for mosquitoes with trucks on Sept. 24, while also submitting a request for an emergency aerial response for mosquito control. That aerial spraying is set to begin Monday.
Citizens can also take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant. If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.
Brunswick County Mosquito Control will reach out to all registered bee-keepers. Any bee-keepers who are not registered and have questions should call Cooperative Extension at 910-253-2610 for information.