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Aerial spraying for mosquitoes planned on Sept. 30

An aerial spray operation to reduce the number of mosquitoes has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until about 2 a.m., weather permitting.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be back-up days in case of bad weather. The aerial application may take two days to complete.  The aerial application will span over 50,000 acres within Dare County. As before, Dibrom is the pesticide being applied at the rate of 0.75 fluid ounces per acre.
The aerial spray operation is being conducted in response to surveillance findings that indicate greatly increased mosquito populations and also due to the limited road accessibility in portions of the County.
Although a person's 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, please consult your doctor.
For more information, please contact Dare County Department of Public Health at 252-475-5003 or Dare County Public Works at 252-475-5880.

Hyde County is planning an aerial spraying for some areas, including Ocracoke village, tonight or tomorrow night. The same chemical will be used.

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