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County begins spraying for mosquitoes

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Richland County officials say spraying for mosquito prevention will begin this month.

In Richland County, outside the city limits of Columbia, truck spraying for adult mosquitoes will usually be conducted between midnight and dawn. But depending on conditions, it is possible that spraying may be conducted earlier in the day.

The county's mosquito-spraying program monitors populations of the insects, treats larval breeding sites and sprays for adult mosquitoes in densely-populated areas. Residents can help prevent mosquitoes by inspecting their properties for potential breeding sites.

They can also follow these preventative steps:

  • Empty, overturn or remove water-holding containers such as tires, cans, bottles, buckets, flower pots, etc.
  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or Picaridin according to label instructions
  • Clear drainage ditches of debris and weeds
  • Pack tree holes with sand or cement
  • Clean clogged roof gutters
  • Keep boats drained and covered or overturned –  covers should not collect water
  • Stock ornamental ponds with top-feeding minnows
  • Maintain swimming pools properly
  • Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and containers used to root plants at least weekly
  • Make sure there are screens on rain barrels to prevent mosquitoes from accessing the collected water and use the water as soon as possible

Beekeepers and people allergic to the products resmethrin and/or permethrin should notify the Vector Program at 576-2459 or call the County Ombudsman's Office at 929-6000.

For questions or problems with mosquitoes inside the city limits of Columbia, call 545-3430. For information on spraying in Lexington County, call 785-8440.

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