Mosquito control attempts to safely and economically control mosquitoes to a safe and tolerable level, therefore reducing the risk of mosquito borne disease and the nuisance level to acceptable/safe conditions. The primary focus is on reducing the viral risk and the operational emphasis is on habitat reduction/elimination and larval control. The ultra low volume (ULV) spraying is used only as needed for the control of adult mosquitoes.
Can I as a homeowner make a difference in the mosquito population in my area?
YES! There are certain mosquito species that tend to breed in artificial containers, tires and tree holes, and stay close to humans for a ready blood meal available. As a result, it does not need to leave the area to complete the process of repopulating. Even small quantities of water can provide an ample breeding opportunity for these species.
How safe are the pesticides being used?
The primary pesticides used in the larval control operations have very low human/mammalian toxicity and most are very environmentally friendly. Most are toxins produced by bacteria and are very specific to mosquitoes while in the larval stage. The pesticides used to control the adult mosquitoes also have very low human/mammalian toxicity and have been used for many years. Most are "synthetic pyrethroids" which are man-made pesticides that mimic a natural product made from chrysanthemum plants.
Is there a human vaccine against West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis?
No, but several companies are working towards developing a vaccine for both.
Is there an equine vaccine against West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis?
Yes, vaccines are available for both types of encephalitis. Your local veterinarian will have more information in regards to these vaccines.
How can I find out if my trash collection schedule has changed?
Customers can go to www.DareNC.com/PublicWorks to sign up for Email Alerts for Trash Collection Schedule. We also mail out a pamphlet every January to property owners in Dare County listing year round trash collection schedule, holiday schedule, large item schedule, information on the Manns Harbor and Buxton Transfer Station and Recycling centers locations.
How can a business purchase a commercial dumpster?
Dare County Sanitation offers 8 yard dumpster for purchase to businesses in unincorporated Dare County. The cost is $1,233.64 including tax and delivery. There is no extra charge for Dare County Sanitation to remove the old dumpster from the business property. A release form will need to be filled out and signed before we can remove the old dumpster from the property. To place an order call 252-475-5895.
How do I purchase a trash can?
A trash can may be purchased at Dare County Public Works, located at 1018 Driftwood Dr Manteo for $85.40 if you pick up at our office and $96.08 if we deliver to your home. Please call 252-475-5895 to place an order.
How can I get parts for my trash can?
Dare County Sanitation offer parts for a certain model, type and year of the trash can. In order to purchase parts for your trash can we will need the serial number located on the front of the trash can. Not all trash cans will have a serial number. The serial number on the can will determine if parts are available for purchase or if a new trash can will need to be purchased. Please provide us with this serial number from your trash can when calling the office. This will help us process your order efficiently.
Available Trash Can Parts for purchase (tax included):
Where do I take used furniture, appliances and used mattress?
Dare County offers two Construction & Demolition locations for residents and businesses. These items may be brought to either the C&D Landfill located at 1603 Cub Road in Manns Harbor or the Buxton Transfer Station located at 47027 NC Hwy 12 in Buxton. Please visit www.DareNC.com/PublicWorks for further information.