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IT'S TIME TO FIGHT THE BITE
Author: Jeff Engel, State Health Director, 7/19/09


Contacts

Food & Lodging:
Scott Carpenter
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8258
Email Scott Carpenter

Septic Systems & Wells:
Megen McBride
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8268
Email Megen McBride

Staff Contact Info

map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658


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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
It has finally hit a warm streak in North Carolina. With warm weather and afternoon showers come pests like mosquitoes and ticks. For many, the pesky bugs are just a nuisance. However, they really are much more. They actually carry diseases that can cause sickness, paralysis and even death.

North Carolina has led the nation in cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted fever – a disease transmitted to people by ticks. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases like La Crosse virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus.

This is the time to take action to prevent mosquitoes and ticks from breeding in your backyards. Simple measures like keeping grass short, removing any containers that hold water which can serve as mosquito breeding grounds and removing plants that attract wild animals like deer and rodents, which carry ticks.

It is also important to protect yourself and your family when you're outside enjoying North Carolina’s warm weather. Insect repellant is useful, particularly against mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend several repellents against mosquitoes – DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Repellents containing permethrin provide excellent protection against ticks but may only be used on clothing. Consumers should look for products that contain the CDC-recommended ingredients, and should read and follow all label instructions.

Exposure to both mosquitoes and ticks can be limited by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks. People should also check themselves and their families for ticks when they are in tick-prone areas.

For additional information on mosquitoes and ticks, visit the following Web sites:

Arboviruses: epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/diseases/arbo.html
Ticks: epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/diseases/ticks.html
The CDC “Fight the Bite!” page