The current populations of mosquitoes pose a public health risk and nuisance in recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence.
Johnston County officials announced Wednesday they will begin aerial spraying for mosquitoes early next week. Officials also ask the public to take steps to help prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs around your home. Residents are asked to eliminate any standing water – even small amounts.
Tip over any containers that have standing water, and replace water in bird baths weekly. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as an ounce of water. As many as 20 mosquito larvae have been observed one bottle cap.
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.
If you have any questions you can contact Johnston County Environmental Health at 919-989-5180.