Mosquito spraying delayed in Harnett County

Now on hold due to impending storm


The planned spraying for mosquitoes in Harnett County has run into a snag and will be delayed — if it’s held at all.

According to Assistant County Manager Brian Haney, the contractor hired to spray for the insects was unable to get the insecticide in time to spray on Tuesday night.

Spraying will not take place until the impending storm passes through the area, according to Mr. Haney.

“No spraying will take place until Hurricane Michael passes,” Mr. Haney said. “Once that happens, county officials will re-evaluate options related to the need and effectiveness of aerial mosquito spraying. We will provide updates as soon as possible.”

Harnett County Health Department Director John Rouse said when temperatures fall below 55 degrees, the mosquitoes start dying on their own.

While there is no planned spraying, residents can still aid in the eradication efforts. The Harnett County Health Department offers these tips.

  • Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or an equivalent when outdoors and use caution when applying to children. Always follow instructions on the product label.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors if possible.
  • Empty containers with standing water around homes and in yards to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay eggs and breed.

    The health department is also making available “mosquito dunks” to county residents. These can be placed in standing water to kill any mosquito larvae. They are effective for 30 days after being placed and will cover 100 square feet of surface. The dunks are free and can be picked up at the health department, located at 307 W. Cornelius Blvd., Lillington, or call 910-893-7547 or 910-893-7550.

    Aerial spraying in Johnston County was recently completed, according to Melanie Proctor, public information officer, but the Johnston Regional Airport could see additional usage.

    She advised residents any spray planes in Johnston County airspace are in transit to other counties in the region to assist in their eradication efforts.

    Sampson County officials anticipate receiving their full supply of insecticide late in the week. Until then they will continue spraying in limited areas, according to Assistant County Manager Susan Holder.

    “Until the full supply is received will be using a limited supply to tackle the sensitive areas with bee hives first,” she said. “We will use North Carolina Department of Agriculture maps to avoid known hives.”

    According to the warning issued to beekeepers by the county, spraying is still slated to begin Sunday evening at 6.

    “Our goal is to finish those species critical/sensitive areas in one night to be mindful of your concerns about covering hives,” the warning said. “This plan is contingent upon the cooperation of the weather and mechanical devices. We will be using the maps provided by the NCDA to avoid bee habitats.”

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