Memo-08-09-2016-Item 15

August 9, 2016

MEMO TO:           Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners

FROM:                  Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager

SUBJECT:           Review – Emerald Isle Mosquito Control Efforts

In light of the current concerns about the Zika virus and the potential for the disease to spread to North Carolina, I have scheduled time on the Board’s August 9 meeting agenda for the Board to receive a presentation from Artie Dunn, Public Works Director, about the Town’s mosquito control efforts. 

The attached memo from Artie Dunn, includes a good summary of the Town’s mosquito control efforts.  In light of the current concerns, Public Works will begin conducting more frequent mosquito landing counts and considering more frequent spraying opportunities.  We will also increase our public education efforts, and continue to publicize the availability of free mosquito larvacide for our property owners.

The article pasted below was included in the June / July Emerald Tidings newsletter, and we will also include similar information in future issues of the newsletter and on the Town’s website.   

Help us Control Mosquitoes in EI - Tip and Toss!

With the warm weather upon us, it's important to "tip and toss" anything on your property that is or has the potential to hold standing water.......where mosquitoes can breed!  If you have buckets, flower pots, kiddie pools, cans, cups, or other areas where water stands, please empty it and make sure it can't collect rainwater in the future.  

The Town's Public Works Department regularly conducts mosquito landing counts all over Emerald Isle to determine the need to conduct spraying operations, and will spray as necessary in accordance with State guidelines.  Public Works also distributes larvacide in larger public and private water bodies to prevent mosquitoes, and the Town also offers free larvacide to any property owner who requests it -- simply stop by the Town Administration Building or Public Works.

I have also attached two handouts about the Zika virus from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that may be helpful. (Attachment 1, Attachment 2,)

I look forward to the Board receiving Artie Dunn’s comments on August 9.  We welcome any suggestions from the Board and the public to improve our mosquito control efforts.