In an effort to help protect residents from the threat of mosquito-borne diseases, New Hanover County Vector Control will be distributing mosquito larviciding kits (ZKits) for residents to treat standing water in their backyards.
When: Beginning July 5, 2017 and available while supplies last
Where: Environmental Health offices located at the Government Center (230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140) and the Health Department (2029 S. 17th Street)
Details: New Hanover County residents can pick up one ZKit per household free of charge. Each tablet is designed for standing water or large containers that cannot be dumped.
ZKit Information: A ZKit includes 12 Natular DT larvicide tablets. Each tablet lasts up to 60 days and is designed to treat containers that hold up to 50 gallons and areas of standing water up to 25 square feet of surface area (6” deep or less). This larvicide prevents mosquito larvae from developing. The Natular DT tablet has been used extensively against the Aedes aegypti mosquito (a container breeding mosquito) internationally, and is now available to residents for home use. Natular larvicides – including the Natular DT in the ZKit – were awarded the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award in 2010 and were evaluated as reduced risk by the EPA.
Residents should dump standing water every five days to control container-breeding mosquitoes. ZKits are not designed for small containers that can be dumped easily. Watch this video for more tips on mosquito prevention.