Mosquito Control Division 

Pender County Health Department/Environmental Health uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles to control mosquito populations.

For more information contact Pender County Mosquito Control at 910-259-1326 

  • What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

    The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.

    For more information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) CLICK HERE

  • How do Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs work?

    IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, growers who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach. The four steps include:

    • Set Action Thresholds
      Before taking any pest control action, IPM first sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is needed. The level at which pests will either become an economic threat is critical to guide future pest control decisions.
    • Monitor and Identify Pests
      Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of pesticide will be used.
    • Prevention
      As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the crop, lawn, or indoor space to prevent pests from becoming a threat. In an agricultural crop, this may mean using cultural methods, such as rotating between different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, and planting pest-free rootstock. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
    • Control
      Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, IPM programs then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides. Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is a last resort.

    For more information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) CLICK HERE 

  • Mosquito Spray Map & Schedule

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  • Why is spraying necessary and how are spray areas determined?

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  • Is mosquito spray harmful to people or pets?

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  • Where can I learn more about pesticides and their health effects?

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  • Mosquito control for homeowners

    • Emptying buckets around the house
    • Disposing of used tires
    • Emptying bird baths every 4 days
    • Keeping gutters clean
    • Turning anything that can hold water upside down 
  • Which mosquito repellents work best?

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  • Mosquito Spraying Alerts

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  • Information for beekeepers

    *more information coming soon

Other Resources

Follow the link to get ideas from the CDC click here

Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is very important especially with West Nile Virus and the threat of the Zika Virus click here

Other information about mosquitoes can be found on the American Mosquito Control Association click here

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