Mosquito Information

The mild North Carolina climate supports over 60 species of mosquitoes.

Only a small number of these species are problems for humans, but the few that are can have a serious impact on the health, comfort, and economic welfare of the community.
A close up of a mosquito sitting on human skin, as taken by National Geographic magazine.
Some mosquitoes are capable of transmitting the following diseases to humans and animals:
  • Dengue
  • Filariasis and encephalitis
    • Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE)
    • Japanese encephalitis (JE)
    • LaCrosse encephalitis (LAC)
    • St. Louis encephalitis (SLE)
    • West Nile virus (WN)
    • Western Equine encephalitis (WEE)
  • Malaria
  • Yellow fever
Unfortunately, neither the mosquitoes, nor the diseases they may carry, respect municipal or property boundaries.

Mosquito Control
Getting control of mosquito related illnesses ultimately consists of reducing the contact between the vector mosquito and humans. Mosquitoes can be controlled both in the larval stage through the adult stage. The best treatment will vary depending on the stage of the life cycle of the mosquito, habitat conditions and environmental factors.