NHC mosquito control on the lookout for breeding grounds

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (AP/WECT) - With the recent onslaught of rain in our area, residents are wondering if the mosquito population will boom.

"We are concerned, as we have not seen this much rain since about October of 2015," New Hanover County Environmental Health Supervisor Marie Hemmen said. "This is different from a hurricane because mosquito eggs will hatch with the coming rains like every single day."

Crews have been making their rounds this week, surveying the county for areas of standing water and checking for mosquito larvae.

"There are so many hotspots in the county right now," Hemmen said. "Hotspots are standing water that have been there more than five days not connected to other drainage areas where mosquitoes would have an outlet."

Hemmen says mosquito larvae take a while to mature and need standing water to complete their life cycle, which means while we may not be seeing an abundance of the annoying insects now, it may be coming.

"We expect to see an increase in the coming weeks as the bugs emerge from the water," she said. "We are not spraying for mosquitoes right now because we are not seeing them right now in great numbers, only in isolated areas. We are concentrating on larvae sightings."

New Hanover County Mosquito Control provides free larvicide tablets to the public while supplies last. Tablets are available at the Public Health Administrative Building located at 2029 S. 17th Street, or at the Environmental Health location in the NHC Government Center at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140.

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