Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Brunswick County is continuing on schedule and is set to finish Thursday, Oct. 4, as crews spray the final areas of the County near Winnabow and Leland.
County-wide aerial spraying, part of Brunswick County’s emergency response to the flooding and heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Florence, has already been completed in several parts of the County. Citizens in the areas being sprayed should avoid being outside during evening hours if possible. Spraying will be from just before dusk till approximately 10:30 p.m., and planned routes for Oct. 4 are specified on the map (at right, or click here to view a PDF). Crews will complete spraying the areas in blue tonight; areas in yellow or with green dots are complete.
Ground-based operations will begin follow-up ground spraying as soon as areas are identified.
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 Oct. 2, conditions permitting.
Spraying will reduce mosquito populations but will not eliminate them entirely. 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.