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Irene brings out pests

September 1st, 2011

Health officials warn of pests after Irene

RALEIGH, N.C. –Health officials in North Carolina say cleaning up damage from Hurricane Irene could bring workers and residents in contact with stinging and biting pests.

Terry Pierce of the Division of Public Health says collected water provides places for mosquitos to lay eggs, which can grow into adults. Pierce says people should clean out birdbaths, gutters and empty water from flower pots and buckets.

Officials also say bees, wasps and hornets may have had their nests disturbed by Irene’s wind and rain, and they can become very aggressive as a result. The rain may have also disturbed snake and fire ant habitat.

Commercially available pesticides are suggested for getting rid of the stinging pests. As for the snakes and fire ants, anyone bitten or stung should seek appropriate medical attention.

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