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Tips to Reduce Mosquito Exposure

Post Date:06/25/2020 11:29 AM

Summer is here, and temperatures continue to rise. With this comes the inevitable hatching of mosquito larvae. These mosquitos, once hatched, have the potential to carry and transmit diseases such as heartworm, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus. Residents can take the following steps to eradicate the mosquito population around homes and businesses-

Outdoor Tips

  • Keep lawn areas clean and mowed
  • Fix leaking faucets
  • Keep gutters clean
  • Empty containers that regularly hold water such as buckets, toys, potted plant saucers, etc.
  • Fill tree holes
  • Properly disposing of tires
  • Maintain swimming pools properly
  • Flushing water in bird baths regularly

Tips for Reducing Mosquito Bites 

  • Apply insect repellent per manufacturer’s instructions
  • Avoid perfumes and other scented products
  • If possible, wear long sleeve shirts and long sleeve pants while outside
  • If possible, wear light-colored clothing as mosquitos are attracted to darker shades
  • When possible, stay indoors at dusk and dawn

Request Ground Spraying

Citizens can request ground spraying (via a truck) by completing the online service request form on the County website or calling the Mosquito Control Office at (843) 832-0080. Note: The spray zone is required when requesting ground spraying.

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