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Currituck to wait on mosquito spraying

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From staff reports

Thursday, August 2, 2018

CURRITUCK — Currituck County officials are assessing the need for mosquito spraying following several days of rain and localized flooding.

According to a county press release, a contractor hired by the county is monitoring mosquito traps in all parts of Currituck. Not all types of mosquitoes carry disease, so the contractor is working to identify whether any in Currituck do. 

Based on forecasts calling for the possibility of more rain over the next few days, the contractor has recommended the county not yet start spraying for mosquitoes, the county said. Spraying for mosquitoes usually is conducted during dry conditions because mosquito larvae typically begin hatching a week after a rainy period ends.

A decision on when to begin spraying will be based on trap assessments and weather predictions, the county said. If citizens notice large numbers of mosquitoes in a certain area, they are asked to report that by calling 1-800-413-4445. The reports help contractors place traps more effectively, the county said.

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