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.