BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) – The Beaufort County Health Department plans to start spraying for mosquitoes this weekend.

The health department says spraying will be done between dusk and dawn in mosquito-infested areas. In case of rainy or windy weather, scheduled spraying will be postponed.

WITN is told that if people are near beehives or newly constructed fish ponds, they are advised to call Beaufort County Environmental Health to avoid those areas.

‚ÄúPlease remember that many mosquito problems are the result of breeding areas around the home. Spraying is not effective against these mosquitoes,” the health department said.

People are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and long pants
  • Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active, such as dusk and dawn
  • Avoid areas with heavy mosquito activity
  • Using repellents on exposed skin – Always read and follow label directions
  • Check window and door screens and repair any holes

The county also provided tips on how to eliminate breeding grounds around the home:

  • Tires, buckets, bottles, toys, etc. in your yard. empty or throw away containers that can collect water.
  • Change the water in pet bowls, bird baths, and flower pots at least twice a week
  • Clear clogged rain gutters
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets
  • Prevent water from pooling on tarps and boat covers
  • Store-bought “mosquitoes”

For more information or if you are concerned about a mosquito problem in your area, contact Beaufort County Public Health Department Environmental Health at (252) 946-6048 or visit here.

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