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Since the Outer Banks are small stretches of narrow islands with marshy conditions from the sound on one side, mosquitoes can be a problem. Luckily, Dare County has mosquito trucks that perform routine, drive-by sprayings. This is especially useful in the evenings and after it has rained. These trucks put a serious dent in, what would be, a far worse mosquito problem on the Outer Banks. Mosquitoes are at their worst in warmer temperatures when there is a lot of standing water. This makes Spring and Fall the worst seasons for mosquito breeding on the Outer Banks.

Here are some prevention methods to aid in avoiding mosquitoes:  

  • Be sure not to leave standing water in any containers around the exterior of the home (i.e. outside pet bowls, fishing buckets, etc.). 
  • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
  • Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are at their worst: dawn and dusk. If you must be outside during these times, be sure to wear a CDC-recommended mosquito repellent.

What attracts mosquitoes most to skin?

Various things can attract mosquitoes to skin, including perfumes and scented lotions, high consumption of potassium and salt, sweat, wearing dark colors, high blood temperature, and alcohol consumption.

Are chemical traps and repellants the only way to trap and prevent mosquitoes?

No. There are plenty of DIY mosquito traps that many people swear by, using simple household items. Find them here ( and give them a try for yourself!

Does being closer to the beachside, as opposed to the sound side, mean I don’t have to worry about mosquitoes?

No. Mosquitoes can and will still swarm near beachfront rentals, they are just less likely than swarms near sound side rentals. It’s based on the direction of blowing winds. East winds will send swarms, while west winds will push them away.