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Mosquito Truck Spraying Update: Weather Allowed for Spraying to Start Sunday Night

Oct 01, 2018

Due to favorable weather conditions Sunday night, the mosquito control contractor hired by Cumberland County started spraying along the east side of the Cape Fear River. The trucks began spraying at 7 p.m. and worked through the night until 8 a.m. Monday morning.

 

The trucks will resume spraying today at 7 p.m. in the northwest quadrant of the county and will work until 3 a.m. This excludes the Fort Bragg reservation.

 

Weather permitting, the trucks will work Tuesday evening beginning at 7 p.m. until approximately 3 a.m. and cover the southwest quadrant, excluding the corporate limits of the Town of Hope Mills.

 

Beekeepers registered with DriftWatch.org are being notified of the spraying or may call the Environmental Health section of the Cumberland County Department of Public Health at 910-433-3600 for additional information.  Environmental Health encourages beekeepers to register and identify themselves on Driftwatch.org.

 

“The vendor has GPS, which allows these locations to be plugged in and avoided while they are spraying,” said Rod Jenkins, Deputy Health Director and interim Environmental Health Director.

 

The product being sprayed is EcoVia, a botanical insecticide, with low toxicity to humans and pets. When the trucks come by, people and pets should stay out of the immediate spray area as a precaution.

 

Environmental Health is awaiting another shipment of mosquito dunks to distribute to residents and will announce the availability when they are in stock.

While outdoors, peoples should remember to:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
  • Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or an equivalent when outside and use caution when applying to children.

More information on protective measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites is available online at ncdhhs.gov/hurricane-florence-mosquitoes.