Update: Aerial spraying in Dare to resume Sunday

By on September 28, 2011

Mosquitoes can breed in trash. (CDC)

Dare County was able to get some aerial spraying for mosquitoes Friday night before bad weather moved in.

If weather permits, the spraying will resume Sunday at 7 p.m. and continue into early Monday, the county said in a statement Saturday.

Areas scheduled for spraying on Sunday evening include the beach communities north of Oregon Inlet, Roanoke Island and Stumpy Point. Other areas were included Friday evening.

Hurricane Irene and plenty of rain since the storm have provided ample breeding grounds for mosquitoes that so far have outlasted chemical assaults by land and air.

Application will span 50,000 acres. Dibrom is the pesticide being applied at the rate of 0.75 fluid ounces per acre. The same pesticide was used for the first aerial spraying earlier this month.

Limited road access has also affected mosquito control in some areas of the county, the statement said.

Although chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are very low, the Dare County Department of Public Health offers the following steps to reduce exposure to pesticides during spraying:

• Remain indoors when pesticides are sprayed in your immediate area.

• Bring pets and pet food and water containers inside to avoid direct exposure.

• Close windows and doors before spraying begins.

• Wash homegrown fruits and vegetables before eating.

• Wash exposed skin with soap and water if you come in contact with Dibrom®.

• Should you feel you are experiencing health effects from spraying, consult with your doctor.

For more information, contact Dare County Department of Public Health at (252) 475-5003 or Dare County Public Works at (252) 475-5880.

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