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Pender County rejects aerial spraying for mosquitoes for now

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Health and Human Services, department of Environmental Health, is actively spraying for mosquitoes following Hurricane Florence.

“We started spraying immediately,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director. “We are using a larvicide that kills mosquito eggs and we are spraying to kill adult mosquitoes.”

Some counties are opting for aerial mosquito spraying. According to FEMA, counties using aerial spraying must meet specific requirements including restrictions on spraying state and federal managed areas, water bodies, rivers and streams, schools, organic farms, bee hives, and aquaculture sites.

“We value our beekeepers, organic farms, and our natural resources,” said Moser. “An aerial spray may not provide the targeted treatment Pender County needs right now.”

“A vector (aerial) spray would be costly,” said Moser. “The aerial spray may last four days, depending on weather, and it kills adult mosquitoes only. It doesn’t include larvicidal applications that kill mosquito eggs.”

Spraying by truck offers both the chemical and larvicidal applications. The chemical applications work for seven days.

The environmental health department started spraying as soon as the storm ended in accessible areas and increased the treatments as roads began to open to travel.

“We have received additional state funding to continue our program,” said Moser.

“However, residents can help control mosquitoes by ‘tip and toss’,” said Moser.

Tip and Toss is a process of tipping standing water in birdbaths, buckets, wading pools, old tires, and items where water gathers and becomes stagnant and tossing old items that you don’t need such as outdated children’s toys, old tires, and cans.”

“We’re addressing the mosquito problem,” said Moser. “We are spraying all areas of the county, four hours in the morning and four hours in the evening.”

Watch Pender County’s website at www.pendercountync.gov or Pender County’s Facebook page for storm recovery updates. Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.


Worried About Mosquitoes? Remember to Tip, Toss and Cover…

TIP CONTAINERS- drain standing water from garbage cans, pet bowls, birdbaths, flower pots, gutters, pool covers or any other container that has collected standing water. Mosquitoes breed in standing water.
TOSS- old tires, drums, bottles and other outdoor items that are outside and are not being used.
EMPTY AND SCRUB-birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.

MAINTAIN– apply a larvicide to standing water that cannot be emptied or drained. Larvicides can be found at home improvement and hardware stores.

CLOTHING: Wear long, loose, and light colored clothing and shoes and socks.
REPELLENT: Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label.

For more information contact Pender County Health Department Mosquito Control Division

Please see the following flyers and click the links below for a printer friendly version:

English Flyer

Mosquito hanger ENG


Spanish Flyer

Mosquito hangerSPAN


Disaster Food Stamp Applications will be Accepted at
Pender County Agricultural Building
801 S. Walker St.
Burgaw, NC 28425

On the following dates:

Friday, September 28th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 29th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, October 1st 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 2nd 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 3rd 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 4th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, October 5th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 6th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

All current Food Stamp recipients do not need to apply, replacement benefits of 60% and supplements will be placed automatically on your EBT card. Replacement of FNS benefits will be placed on current recipients EBT card Thursday, Sept. 27

State Science Advisory Board seeks public input on draft GenX report

Officials with the N.C. Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board are asking the public for input on a report that will provide recommendations on a reference dose to be used to establish water quality standards, as well as recommendations on the derivation and calculation of the health goal for GenX. The draft report is the culmination of extensive research and deliberations by the board, which provides guidance to the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services as the agencies work to address emerging compounds statewide.

The public comment period for submitting comments on the draft GenX report will run Aug. 30 through Sept. 28, 2018. The draft report, research documents, presentations and audio recordings of past board meeting discussions are available for review on the DEQ website at https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/genx-investigation/secretaries-science-advisory-board.

Public comments may be submitted by email to Comments.SABReport@ncdenr.gov. Please be sure to include “GenX Report” in the email’s subject line. Comments may also be submitted by mail to NCDEQ, Attn: Louise Hughes, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1601. All comments received by the Sept. 28 closing date will be considered in finalizing the report.

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board assists the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services by providing guidance on how to manage emerging compounds to better protect public health and the environment. Appointed by the DEQ and DHHS secretaries, the 16 board members come from academic institutions and the public and private sectors.

To learn more about the state’s investigation into GenX and the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, please visit https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/genx-investigation.

International Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.

This is a global event held on August 31st each year which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

The tragedy of overdose is far too frequent, but is ultimately preventable.

Click the link to find out more https://www.overdoseday.com/

Does Your Child Have Health Insurance?

Your child may qualify for healthcare coverage through North Carolina’s Medicaid or Health Choice (CHIP) grant program-free or low cost health insurance for children and teens.  Even children in a family of four with working parents earning $52,968 a year or slightly more may qualify.  For more information please call the NCDHHS Customer Service Center at 1-800-662-7030 between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.   Go to the following website for additional information on how and where to apply:  https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dph/wch/families/hchcoutreach.htm

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