Mosquitoes: How to get help | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 27, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 10:16 am
Colleton County Animal and Environmental Control Department reports that Colleton County has been inundated with requests for mosquito abatement in the last few days.
In response, the county has put on extra resources for ground spraying of mosquitoes, and will continue spraying seven days per week until colder weather eliminates the mosquitoes. The county is working on a systematic plan to spray all residential neighborhoods, as well as any rural areas of the county that have requested spraying.
As the floodwaters related to Hurricane Matthew have receded, the mosquito population has risen exponentially over the past seven days.
Mosquito control efforts by the county generally taper off during the first part of October, but the recent flooding and warm temperatures have combined to create the perfect breeding ground for the mosquito population to boom.
In order to combat mosquitos, residents can begin by tipping over and dumping out anything that has collected water. Items that have collected water could be swarming with mosquito larva.
Other mosquito control tips: wear long sleeves and pants, wear light‐colored clothing and use insect repellent.
Due to the high volume of calls, residents may email information regarding a location they want treated, including name, 911/physical address and phone contact to the County Mosquito Control Program at firstname.lastname@example.org. A form to request mosquito spraying is also available at www.colletoncounty.org/request/
Even though call volumes are high, citizens can also call with the same information at 843‐893‐2651.