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SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) –
Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts for 27 counties in North Carolina — including all the counties in the Cape Fear Region — affected by flooding from Hurricane Florence.
“To help local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, I’ve directed state funds for mosquito control efforts to protect people who live in hard-hit areas,” Cooper said.
The floodwater mosquito is causing the biggest problem. Since Florence, floodwater mosquitoes are more prevalent and while they typically bite bigger animals like cows, because they don’t move as quickly, they end up biting people.
Some people can’t stay outside for more than 20 minutes because of the bites.
“We started putting some of my wife’s lawn ornaments around where we usually do and I think we were able to stay outside about 10 minutes,” Brunswick County resident John Lemanowicz said. “We were literally attacked. There was like swarms of them. We haven’t seen them that bad ever here.”
NEW HANOVER COUNTY
New Hanover County will be spraying for mosquitoes through Friday. Spraying takes place in the evening, weather permitting.
Below is a map of when the communities throughout New Hanover County can expect spraying. More information from the county on mosquito control can be found here.
Brunswick County has started spraying for mosquitoes. Although spraying has been approved for public use, Brunswick County mosquito control advises people to stay indoors while yards are sprayed. Trucks will be deployed from 5:30-11 p.m.
Residents in the following towns and cities should contact their town for mosquito spraying requests:
- The village of Bald Head Island
- City of Boiling Spring Lakes
- Caswell Beach
- Holden Beach
- Town of Leland
- City of Navassa
- City of Northwest
- Town of Oak Island
- Town of Ocean Isle Beach
- Town of Sandy Creek
- City of Southport
- Town of Sunset Beach
Brunswick County citizens in the unincorporated areas of Brunswick County and the towns of Belville, Bolivia, Calabash, Carolina Shores, Shallotte, St. James and Varnamtown should visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/mosquito-control/service-request/ or call 910-253-2515. Note: Due to high call volumes, please use the online form to submit a request if you are able.
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