Keep the Repellent Handy

— Written By Michael Waldvogel
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Although hurricane Dorian has come and gone for most of us, its rainfall has likely left standing water in many areas, particularly along the coast. As a result, those areas are likely to see a spike in mosquito numbers next week.

Earlier this week, NCDHHS announced that a citizen in Catawba County had been diagnosed with eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), which is one of the mosquito-borne diseases found in North Carolina. Public health officials did note that they suspected that the individual was bitten by an infected mosquito while traveling and that it was not a  case of local transmission of the EEE virus. Regardless, we’re at the time of year where mosquito populations are high and so the *possibility* of getting bitten by an infected mosquito also increases. This doesn’t mean we need to alter our outdoor activities. Whether you’re out doing post-storm clean-up and recovery, harvesting crops, working in your garden or just enjoying the outdoors, make sure you use insect repellent. Some repellents are more durable than others. Look at the product label for guidance on when you need to reapply the product, particularly if you’re working or engaging in other physical activities outdoors.

We have information about insect repellents at: Keep the Repellent Handy

Also, it’s possible that some municipalities may be considering treating for mosquitoes. Last week, David Tarpy posted some great advice for people who need to protect their beehives, whether those hives are in your backyard or a commercial bee yard. The key is still communication. Check with your county and/or local government to see if they are planning any spraying and get details of where and when that spraying might be done.