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Communities Use Different Tactics To Combat Mosquito Threat

Posted August 14, 2003

— Local communities are taking different approaches to controlling the mosquito population after a North Carolina man died from West Nile Virus.

In North Carolina, there are 95 mosquito control programs. In Smithfield, the method is to spray four nights a week. Even though the state has not found a significant environmental impact from spraying, some communities shy away from it for health concerns.

If you have respiratory problems and your community sprays, you are advised to stay indoors during those hours.

Durham County uses a larvicide brick that kills mosquito eggs. In Wake County, officials say their goal is to educate the public. The health department will make a house call and tell you what to remove from your yard to avoid mosquito breeding.

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