Mosquitoes do more than just itch

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- Most people have been bitten by a mosquito in their lifetime. They itch, fly in your face, and are just plain annoying. Vector Control Manager, James Gardner, says, there are ways to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your neighborhood. The first step is to know where they live. To control mosquito growth in your area make sure to remove standing water, treat standing water with mosquito killing chemicals, use repellent, and wear clothes that cover your arms and legs. In Pitt County alone there are 26 different types of mosquitoes, and 65 statewide. Due to the recent hot weather the mosquito problem is currently at a minimum.

“Because of the amount of heat and the dryness there are some pockets of mosquitoes around but its not as wide spread as it would be if it were 20 degrees cooler,” Gardner said.

While there may not be a problem in the East, it only takes one bite to cause health problems. Mosquitoes can carry deadly viruses such as West Nile or Chikungunya.

“We are concerned with the chikungunya virus, we did have a case in Pitt County last year. So far there has been no cases outside of Florida that were not travel cases,” Gardner said.

Travel cases are when someone gets the virus while traveling and brings it back home. Gardner also said, this is something everyone should be aware of, but not alarmed by.

“It’s going to more likely be in a larger urban area if we have a problem with it,” Gardner said.

Parents should keep in mind that children are the most susceptible to these viruses because their bodies have trouble fighting them off.

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