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Dare County Will Spray To Fight Pesky Problem

Crews in Dare County will work to reduce the number of mosquitoes.

An aerial spray operation is scheduled to begin Friday at 6 p.m. and last until about 2 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Officials will reschedule on Saturday and Sunday in case of bad weather.

The aerial application will span over 50,000 acres within the county and may take up to two days to complete.

Officials have chosen to complete the aerial spray operation because findings show there is an increased mosquito population following Hurricane Irene. Also, there is limited road access in many 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 the chemical.
-- 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.


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