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Mosquito bites can be more than just mere nuisances. They can cause serious disease. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by applying mosquito repellant and making your neighborhood less inviting for mosquitoes.
Tips to Make Your Home and Yard Less Mosquito-Friendly
Below are answers to frequently asked questions related to mosquitoes and WNV and links to additional resources on the topic. For additional information or to submit a mosquito complaint, please call 980-314-1620.
Who is most at risk for getting the worst kind, the West Nile encephalitis?
People over the age of 50 have the highest risk of severe disease. But if the virus has been identified in an area, all residents of that area are at some risk.
What other animals get infected with WNV?
Wear disposable gloves or comparable. Place bird in plastic bag, then double bag with another bag.
Place in an approved solid waste disposal container (NOTE: different municipalities and private companies have different rules on this). The Health Department does not provide dead bird disposal.
Wash hands thoroughly after handling.
Does Mecklenburg County take mosquito complaints?
Yes. To register a mosquito complaint, please call 980-314-1620.
What is a larvicide?
A larvicide is a chemical or biological agent used to kill mosquitoes in their immature stage of development. These products are applied to standing water, or areas expected to be flooded with water, and are considered more preventive and long-term than adulticiding (or "fogging") where pesticides are applied to kill adult mosquitoes.
What is "fogging" and why doesn't Mecklenburg County do more of it?Adulticiding, or "fogging", is the application of a pesticide into the atmosphere for the purpose of killing adult mosquitoes. Mecklenburg County restricts using the atmospheric application of pesticides as its primary control method for a number of reasons. One reason is that "fogging" does not control emerging mosquito populations as effectively as larviciding. Larvicides control mosquitoes at the source while they are still in a non-biting stage, allowing for longer lasting effects. Adulticiding only works against adult mosquitoes and once the next generation hatches, the problem returns, sometimes as soon as a few days after "fogging". A second reason is that in highly urbanized settings, effective adulticiding is most effective by aerial application which the county is not equipped to provide. There are also concerns with killing non-target insects and human pesticide sensitivity.
Is the storm water drainage system a breeding ground for mosquitoes?
How to Contact Us
General Information and Complaints 980-314-1620
ResourcesWest Nile Brochure English | Spanish
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