Dare County Mosquito Control helps Dare County residents and visitors by suppressing mosquito populations and thereby eliminating potential mosquito borne diseases. To submit a service request form to Mosquito Control staff, click here.
The concept of integrated mosquito management is an essential element of this county’s mosquito control program. The goal of Intergrated Mosquito Management (IMM) is to control mosquito populations by using the most effective and economical procedures and materials available with the least adverse effects to the surrounding environment. Four components of IMM were defined by the AMCA in its partnership in the EPA Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program: source reduction, larviciding, adulticiding, and biological control.
Although the suppression of mosquito populations is important to the residential life of this community, the main focus of this program is the elimination of potential born disease. Mosquitoes are capable of carrying a number of arthropod-borne viruses. The two arboviruses that are of concern in Dare County are Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).
In addition to the Dare County mosquito suppression program there are precautions everyone can take to help protect from mosquito borne diseases. The following guidelines are designed to lessen any potential risk.
- Avoid outdoor activity during dawn and dusk; when mosquito activity is high
- Cover exposed areas of skin with long pants, loose fitting long-sleeved shirts, shoes, and hats
- Use mosquito repellants containing DEET
- When using DEET products, follow the instructions and be especially careful when applying to children
- Keep all window screens in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
- Avoid outdoor activity in areas known to have high mosquito activity
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How to Protect Your Horse from Mosquitoes:
- Stable your horse during peak mosquito hours, dawn and dusk, and throughout the night if possible.
- Keep your stable dark at night; some mosquitoes are attracted to incandescent lights that glow yellow.
- Change water in troughs and clean troughs weekly.
- If possible, remove all birds, including chickens that are close to the stable.
- Store wheelbarrows and empty buckets upside down.
- If you’re in a high mosquito area, consider using topical treatments containing mosquito repellents labeled for horses. Contact your local veterinarian before use and be sure to follow all label directions.
- Remove or cover old tires and drain tarps holding water.