Florence Aftermath: Mosquitoes soar after storm’s flooding in Pitt County


We expect mosquitoes after a hurricane, but it’s so bad Governor Roy Cooper is issuing millions of dollars to help control the problem.

“They are going to be out the best thing you can do is protect yourself,” said Pitt County Vector Control Manager Jim Gardner.

If you’re in Pitt County the next few days, you’ll likely see Jim grader rolling into neighborhoods to meet mosquitoes head on.

“Part of my job is to take myself out into the woods where they are at and offer myself up as bait and count them,” said Gardner.

Increases in mosquitoes after hurricanes is nothing new.

“We had the same thing in Irene and again the same thing when we had Matthew,” said Gardner.

Environments following a storm serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The insect thriving in standing water.

Whether it be flooding or build up.

It’s why the County is asking people to take their advice, tip it or toss it.

“You have to think about every container in the County now is full of water if they haven’t been dumped,” said Gardner.

Gardner is surveying nearly 15 sites across the County.

Placing these nets to attach and capture mosquitoes.

“We were just out here Monday,” said Gardner.

Some places gathering more than 10,000 mosquitoes in a 24-hour period.

“There is significantly more,” said Gardner.

Mosquitoes are such a problem Governor Roy Cooper is stepping in.

Issuing $4 million to be divided among the 28 counties under a disaster declaration.

That money would go toward buying chemicals needed to spray.

Some costing more than $60 a gallon.

“We are spraying every day we can go out and spray,” said Gardner. “We are spraying through the weekend.”

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