Dead bird found in Columbia city limits tests positive for West Nile Virus

Dead bird found in Columbia city limits tests positive for West Nile Virus
Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 1:06 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 at 10:42 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - City of Columbia officials say a dead bird that was found within the city limits has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The city will begin spraying for adult mosquitoes in response to the found bird beginning Friday, August 31. Officials say they will continue spraying for as long as needed.

Crews plan to spray between midnight and dawn, however, they say it is possible for spraying to be done earlier depending on the circumstances.

Any residents that may be allergic to permethrin or tau-fluvalinate are urged to contact Vector Control by calling the City of Columbia Code Enforcement at (803)-545-4229. Officials ask for all beekeepers to call Code Enforcement to notify staff of their hives.

The city has provided a list of preventative measures that residents can take to reduce the threat of mosquitoes:

  • Use, according to the label instructions, EPA registered insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Clear drainage ditches of debris and weeds
  • Pack tree holes with sand
  • Clean clogged roof gutters
  • Keep boats overturned, drained or covered (covers should not collect water)
  • Stock ornamental ponds and water gardens with top-feeding minnows
  • Properly maintain swimming pools
  • Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and containers used to root plants at least once a week
  • Make sure there are screens on rain barrels and use the water as soon as possible.

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