After Hurricane Florence, Carteret County NC has contracted with a International company (Vector Disease Control International) to provide aerial spraying by airplanes to help control the over breeding of mosquitoes and other flying insects that is being caused by large amounts of water brought by the storm and flooding. Have questions or concerns? Use the comment form at the end of this article to ask and we will do our best to answer them.
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When will this happen? After 7 pm on Friday, October 5th, 2018. County officials noted that all airplanes spraying the area should be done by morning on Saturday, October 6th. Officials have also stated that they anticipate only one aerial spray will be needed and that after this exercise is completed regular ground spraying by trucks will get the job done.
What chemicals will be used? Is it safe? A pesticide known as Deltagard and it has a long history of being used in large metropolitan areas for decades and is considered 100% safe. This pesticide is also used by farmers in North Carolina around livestock to help control mosquitoes, deer flies, and gnats that can carry diseases.
Why is it necessary? Because of large amounts of standing water in most areas of Carteret County after the hurricane, large scale mosquito hatching has inundated the community with these flying insects and officials fear that diseases associated with mosquitoes could become an issue.
What should I expect? Starting around 7 pm on Friday night, there will be very low flying airplanes flying over most of the county releasing a mist of the pesticide noted above.
I heard that this pesticide can kill bees? Yes, and precautions have already been discussed with county beekeepers.
Could the aerial spraying hurt children and the elderly who have asthma? As a father with a very sensitive asthmatic child, I asked her pediatrician the same question 2 days ago and he assured me that there are no concerns. If you do have concerns, then close all windows to your home after 7 pm. Again, Deltagard is an approved pesticide known for it’s historical safety going back many decades.
Is there anything I can do to help control mosquitoes around my home? Yes, In the Spring, Summer, and Fall months in warm and humid regions like Carteret County NC, make sure that your home’s gutters are free of standing water, and look for other areas around your home where standing water is an issue. These areas are responsible for all mosquito egg hatching that can lay around for many years waiting to be activated by standing water.
The bottom line is this, if you somehow missed the local governments announcement on this operation, if you hear lot’s of low flying aircraft all night on Friday, October 5th, 2018, there is nothing to worry about.