Currituck County is working with Vector Disease Control to schedule mosquito spraying, and spraying dates will be announced as soon as the schedule is confirmed.
The announcement comes one day after WAVY-TV reported a Currituck County resident contracted West Nile Virus, which is carried by certain types of mosquitoes.
Spokespersons with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services declined last week to confirm a case had been diagnosed in Currituck, and did not reply to an email from the Outer Banks Voice following the television station’s report.
Residents who do not wish to have the spray trucks operate at their property, such as beekeepers, may call Vector at 1-800-413-4445 to provide their address on a “Do Not Spray” list.
According to a news release from the county issued Friday, each truck’s route will be tracked via GPS to ensure complete coverage of the county, and will travel on public roads maintained by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
However, the trucks will not enter private roads and they are not equipped to travel into the four-wheel drive section of Corolla.
The spraying will be done after dusk on nights when there is no rain and low winds. Citizens are advised to not allow senior citizens, children, or pets near the spray trucks to avoid breathing in chemicals used in the spray.
In addition, mosquito briquettes are available for citizens at the Currituck Health Department. These briquettes may be placed in standing water, where a chemical will be released that kills mosquito larvae.
The Currituck Health Department is located at 2795 Caratoke Hwy, Currituck, NC 27929.