Raleigh is facing an expanding mosquito season, increasing health risks from disease transmission.

The Southeast region, including North Carolina, is experiencing a significant increase in mosquito activity. This has resulted in an increase in the number of mosquito days, accounting for nearly 60% of the year. Recent studies by Climate Central have shown that the Raleigh area has seen an increase of 27 more days since 1979 with conditions favorable for mosquito activity, such as specific humidity levels and temperature ranges.

The longer mosquito season is due to various factors such as climate change, land use change, and invasive species. Michael Reiskind, an entomology professor at North Carolina State University, explains that this has resulted in a significantly different mosquito landscape compared to several decades ago. This rise in mosquito presence raises concerns about the spread of diseases like West Nile and Zika, posing a threat to public health.

In response to this concern, the North Carolina Department of Health launched a “Fight the Bite” campaign during Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month in April. The campaign aims to educate residents about preventive measures they can take to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses. Experts recommend taking steps such as using insect repellent with DEET, wearing protective clothing, and installing or repairing window screens to reduce the risk of vector-borne diseases. Additionally, the “Tip and Toss” method can help eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from various sources at least once a week.

It is important for travelers to consult with healthcare professionals or local health departments before traveling to areas where exotic mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent to ensure proper precautions are taken.

By Samantha Johnson

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