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NHC specialists, local exterminators combat mosquitoes

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Hemmen said that to avoid mosquito bites, wear long sleeved clothing in light colors and use repellent that's EPA approved. (Source: WECT) Hemmen said that to avoid mosquito bites, wear long sleeved clothing in light colors and use repellent that's EPA approved. (Source: WECT)
Experts in New Hanover County say this latest bout of wet weather is breeding even more bugs around the Cape Fear region. (Source: WECT) Experts in New Hanover County say this latest bout of wet weather is breeding even more bugs around the Cape Fear region. (Source: WECT)

Experts in New Hanover County say this latest bout of wet weather is breeding even more bugs around the Cape Fear region.

Man versus mosquito has recently become a bigger battle for Brian Bostick and his Wilmington branch of the Mosquito Squad.

"We've definitely noticed a major increase in the phone calls and the people with mosquito issues right now," Bostick said.

He explained that recent storms have been the cause of the mosquito expansion.

"We're seeing a major influx due to all of the rain we've had, due to Hurricane Arthur," Bostick explained.

Experts like New Hanover County's Marie Hemmen are warning county residents to watch out for the insects.

"Mosquitoes carry disease and it's very important to protect yourself and your kids and family from getting a disease. One mosquito bite can ruin the rest of your life," Hemmen stated.

Hemmen said that New Hanover County employees will actually be driving spray trucks around Wilmington Monday night in an effort to cut down on the recent increase in mosquitoes.

"Tonight we're going to be doing Wilmington, Sunset-Greenfield, and Northwest 421," elaborated Hemmen about the spraying plan.

She said North Carolina's most notorious mosquito, The Asian Tiger mosquito, cannot be thwarted by the sprays though. Hemmen elaborated that it is very important not to leave any containers of water out in the open because it attracts the insects. She said this is the most crucial factor in preventing the spread of the Asian Tiger mosquito.

"This mosquito that we have, the Asian Tiger mosquito, that specifically breeds in containers is the main vector for this disease," Hemmen said.

Hemmen said these diseases include the Chikungunya virus, a virus transmitted through mosquito bites that cause symptoms of fever.

The Mosquito Squad leader said he does not care about specific types of the insect, either way he's going to attempt to exterminate. 

"We're just trying to get them all. We're not singling out any one type out there. We just like to get them all so we'd like to see none," Bostick said.

Hemmen said that to avoid mosquito bites, wear long sleeved clothing in light colors and use repellent that's EPA approved.

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