To Spray Or Not To Spray?- Question For Mosquito-Ridden Counties

The warm, wet weather we've been experiencing is not helping us with a big post-Irene nuisance... Mosquitoes. We want to run down how various counties are combating the potentially dangerous pests.

Several counties have on-going spraying programs. Beaufort County has been spraying by ground with five to six trucks out each night, and they're considering an aerial spray in the eastern part of the county next week. Carteret County has 10 spray trucks that have been very busy since Irene. Jones County has contracted with a private company for ground spraying. Pitt County is also spraying. They set up a mosquito hotline because they were getting so many calls. That number is 902-3220.

Bertie County does not normally spray for mosquitoes, but they've had so many calls they're now considering it. Spraying in Greene County has been approved and they're also looking into options.

Some counties say they have no plans to spray for the pests. Craven County got rid of their Vector Control Program. Duplin and Nash counties say they haven't had many calls complaining about mosquitoes. While Lenoir County says they're getting 10 to 15 calls a day, but have no money available for spraying.

As we've previously reported, Pamlico County has dropped their plans to spray saying there's no guarantee FEMA would reimburse them. Currituck County scheduled aerial sprays for late last week.

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  • by Melinda Brockman Location: Adams Creek Road on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    I have been held captive inside because these pests are so terrible!!!! My dogs dont want to go out, I cant take my granddaughter out, and if you do go out you inhale them! Out here we need an aerial spray. Come on, Craven County...this is just unsafe!
  • by Brian Sharp Location: Adams Creek on Oct 4, 2011 at 07:38 AM
    Craven County can - but won't. The program cost $169,649 in FY09 (pg 33 CAFR). Inflated would have been what $175K? They spent twice as much on Health and Social Services as they have on education - something wrong with that picture? And this was taken directly from Pg 14 of the 2009 CAFR: At the end of 2010, unreserved fund balance for the General Fund was $20,704,169, or 23.0 percent, of total General Fund expenditures (including transfer outs) for the fiscal year. In 2009, unreserved fund balance in the General Fund was $21,350,921, also 23.0 percent of total expenditures. The total General Fund balance decreased by $151,064. This amount offund balance appropriated in the budget to be used was $1,581,339. The lesser amount used was a result of lower than budgeted expenditures. We all need to wake up and see what these people are doing with our money! Quit worrying about which party this person bows to and educate and inform yourselves - start at the lowest level and work your way up. It's time for a real change!!!
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      by Brian Sharp on Oct 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to Brian Sharp
      Correction - it wasn't $169,649, that was the final budgeted amount. The "actual" amount reported for FY09 $145,507.
  • by SE Location: Winterville, NC on Sep 25, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    Water left from the rain this past week, on top of Irene's puddles, have created an ENORMOUS amount of mosquitoes in the South Ridge neighborhood, Winterville! This area must be considered for a good spraying!
  • by Melissa Location: Kinston on Sep 25, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    Dear Kinston/Lenoir Co. officials, I beg you to please spray our area. Not only because I don't like all these pesky mosquitos, but beause my 13 month old daughter is severly allergic to mosquito bites. No matter how careful we try to be in protecting her from them, she is getting bitten almost daily! It's horrible to see what happens to her when she is bitten: the site swells as does the surrounding tissue, it becomes extremely red, looks like she has a burn, blisters & then there are scars when they start to heal. I beg you to please help our area & any others that might be affected in this way. Thank you for your time.
  • by lydia Location: bath on Sep 24, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    i live on creek rode in bath and the mosquitos are so bad i cant go outside.
  • by Local Govt Location: Wash on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    When did it become a function of local government to control insects? You can purchase home mosquito treatments from either WalMart or Lowes and self apply. It would be great if you would take personal action instead of wasting tax payer's money.
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      by Biscuit on Sep 23, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to Local Govt
      OK, now this is what is so bad about Beaufort County government. Listen to this attitude. I live down near Belhaven. I have seen the person that the county contracted with spray twice since the hurricane. He drives a little pick up truck with a 150.00 sprayer in the back. He cruises along at about 35-40 mph. He might as well stay at home. Also, I called the BC Health Dept and asked if there was going to be a central dump point for ruined furniture and home parts. She said, "No. You'll have to haul it yourself to Pitt County". Excuse me, but I believe Pitt County has their own storm debris problem. The attitude of this "Local Govt" is typical for Beaufort County. He/She said " It would be great if you would take personal action instead of wasting tax payer's money." Well I AM a taxpayer. Ya'll inflated the value of the tax value of my home two years ago by 33%, which is about 33% more than I could ever sell it for. Then last year you raised the actual property tax rate. So now you want me "save taxpayer money" by spraying my own yard (which I have) so ya'll can save my tax money and buy more fiberglass crabs for the water front I guess. Some people in the BC government make me want to puke.
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      by hey there stupid govt on Sep 24, 2011 at 07:09 PM in reply to Local Govt
      It has always been the govt job to control pest when they decide that ponds and other water projects are needed. Plus it is a health issue.
  • by Dallas Location: Washington NC on Sep 23, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    I live out River Road in Washington, the mosquitoes is so bad, they dive on you soon I open my door to go out! I haven't seen any sprayer trucks out here!
  • by Zzyzx Road Location: Pitt County on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2011 at 11:34 PM
    Geez, Craven County isn't doing anything? The mosquitos are AWFUL. It's a pain to re-fill the birdfeeders with the mosquitos constantly all over my legs or flying into my face after my bright idea of trying to wear pants while out there. Craven needs to do something to control the population. It's really bad.
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      by Whitney on Sep 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM in reply to
      I agree Craven County's mosquitoes are terrible!!!! I live right off of highway 17 and I'm not even able to take my 2 yr old out to play, because I don't think its good for him to be coated down in a lot of bug spray everyday!!!! Even when my husband goes out to mow he comes back in every 15 min to re-apply bug spray because he is still getting bit while he's mowing no matter how much I spray on him. We even rush to and from the car when we go out to avoid getting bit. Taking personal action isn't working, and its a shame the county either can't or won't do anything!!!

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