RALEIGH — You'll want to keep the mosquito repellent and
medication for bug bites close by this summer.
The Centers for Disease Control is predicting the summer of 2012 will be one of the worst mosquito summers on record. You can blame an unusually warm winter, a wetter than normal spring, and a summer that so far is warm and damp. Because the insects did not freeze to death last winter, the bugs got an early start on breeding and have kept multiplying. Considering the amount of water in a bottle cap can hold about 300 mosquito eggs, you can imagine what North Carolinians are facing.
Here are some tips to follow to help fight mosquitoes:
• Apply insect repellents with DEET wisely — Most people choose repellents with low concentrations of DEET, especially for use by their children, believing high percentages of DEET are dangerous. However toxicity issues with DEET are related to the number of times you apply the product, not the concentration. So it is safer to choose the product that matches the amount of time you'll be outside. The CDC cites a study showing repellents with 23.8 percent DEET provide about five hours of protection while
products with 4.75 percent DEET protect for about one hour.
"It's better to use a product with a higher DEET concentration once than with a lower concentration multiple times," said Anthony "Tony" Civello, president and CEO of Kerr Drug.
• Be careful using repellents with DEET on children — The American
Academy of Pediatrics recommends products containing DEET should not be applied to children under two months of age. The AAP also suggests not using products with a higher DEET concentration than 30 percent on children.
• Other repellents — Picardin — is a pepper-based compound that is as effective as DEET with lower toxicity.
• Other repellents — Lemon Eucalyptus — is also used as an insect
repellent and seems as effective as a low concentration of DEET.
• General safety advice for all repellents — When applying repellent on a small child, apply it to your own hands and run them on the child. Also, do not apply repellent to children's hands because children tend to put their hands in their mouth and eyes.
• Hydrocortisone cream — This topical cream relieves stings, bites and itchy rashes.
"While mosquitos will bite anytime during daylight hours, they are most aggressive at dawn and dusk, so people should take special precautions during those times," added Civello. "It's also advisable to look around where you live and remove standing water, clean birdbaths, and get rid of the places where mosquitos breed."
RALEIGH — You'll want to keep the mosquito repellent and
Stocks Elementary School celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Week
In celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Week, Stocks Elementary School hosted several guest speakers and exciting activities during the first week of May.
HOBGOOD SCIENCE FAIR
Hobgood Academy's fifth and sixth grade science classes recently presented their science projects. The sixth grade class projects were to be concentrated on space. Andrew Carlisle, whose project was the 1969 Apollo 11 manned mission to the moon, took top honors. His project depicted the moon landing and his poster gave information about this milestone in the history of our country.
Quiz Bowl champions
The South Edgecombe Middle Quiz Bowl Team are the 2013 Edgecombe County Public Schools Quiz Bowl champions. Picture from front to back, left to right are Dylan Hyman, Frankie Edwards and Chris Modlin, Matthew Jones, Cameron Gomez, Yancey Coltrane, David Edwards, Leaton White, David Parisher, Katlyn Webb, Jack Coltrane and JD Reid.
NC Symphony coming to Tarboro June 6
“At the Movies” will be the theme when the North Carolina Symphony comes to Tarboro on Thursday, June 6. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the Town Common. The free performance is sponsored by Keihin Carolina System Technology, Tarboro Savings Bank and Ronald G. Ellis, Jr. and is part of the symphony’s “Concerts in Your Community” series.
Presbyterian Historical Society held its Spring Tour of Historic Churches
PRINCEVILLE — The N.C. Presbyterian Historical Society held its Spring Tour of Historic Churches April 19-20. Registration for the event was at Princeville Museum and Visitors Center.
The event also included tours at Cobb Memorial and Howard Memorial Presbyterian churches in Tarboro and a walking tour of the Tarboro Historic District. They also visited William and Mary Hart Presbyterian Church, in Leggett and Nahalah Presbyterian in Scotland Neck.
Administrator always takes time
The residents at Tarboro Nursing Center enjoy music by Administrator Robert Vernon (pictured here) each month. Long term resident Jennie Yount stated, "“I know he is a busy worker but he always takes time to make sure we are entertained. He even takes time to talk to us in the hallway and answer any questions we have. He is never too busy for us."
Country forestry banquet set for Tuesday
Persons with an interest in the timber industry will gather Tuesday at the East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center for the annual Edgecombe County Forestry Banquet.
Garden Club learned new Edgecombe County clary sage crop sold to perfume companies
The Edgecombe Garden Club met Wednesday, March 6, 2013 for a 12:00 noon luncheon in the Fountains of the Albemarle. President Pauline Nicolossi welcomed everyone and thanked Nelda Johnson for designing a bowl of pink camellias with forsythia and the Hostess Committee for doing all table centerpieces.
Rep. Tolson puts key pieces together to benefit North Carolina Wesleyan College
ROCKY MOUNT — State Rep. Joe Tolson’s (D-Edgecombe) ability to put key pieces of a financial puzzle together will benefit students at North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) for years to come.
When Tolson learned the school was facing financial issues in funding a much-needed computer networking lab, he called Brooks Raiford, who heads up the North Carolina Technology Association.
“I just made a phone call,” a modest Tolson said Thursday after the dedication of the lab, which now houses 40 computer stations in Room 237 of the Braswell Building. Each station includes a CPU with Windows 7 and MS Office 07 Home & Student, and a flat panel monitor. Twenty stations will be utilized with the other 20 held in reserve.
“Booze It & Lose It” campaign takes drunk drivers off the street
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s (GHSP) St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign resulted in 690 motorists being cited for driving while impaired, including six in Edgecombe County. The campaign ran from March 15-17.
"Any time we can take a driver off the road who is in violation of driving while impaired, it is important," said Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight. "It helps prevent accidents. We always participate in these programs. We don't take them lightly."
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