How to eliminate those pesky mosquitoes

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Heavy rains and high temperatures are perfect conditions for breeding mosquitoes. Not only are the pesky insects annoying but they can also carry some deadly diseases.

"We cannot sit outside. You could have a dozen [Mosquitoes] on you at one time between your arms and legs. The mosquitoes just eat us up," says long time Johns Island resident Linda Parker.

Parker says the mosquito problem has been ongoing for quiet some time around her house.

"It's not only about being uncomfortable. You can't sit outside, you can't work in your yard cause your ate up and I think about what the mosquitoes can carry," Parker says.

Thankfully the Charleston county mosquito control is making free service calls to residence who have asked them to check out their mosquito problem. It's all part of the national mosquito awareness week.

"We just basically want to get a good assessment when we come to certain service requests, also when we go within the areas to make sure we are getting a good idea of what we are finding, that way we can make a good report", said Corey Rouse with the Charleston county mosquito control.

So, where do all those pesky mosquitoes breed?  The answer may be closer than you think.

"If you have tarps, bird baths, cups, toys just make sure you survey your yard frequently. Just make sure you don't have anything laying around that holds water, just get rid of it" said Rouse.

Rouse also recommends flushing out your bird baths every three days and to make sure to check potted plant saucers and containers that may hold water.

"You get rid of the water, you get rid of the mosquitoes" said Rouse.

As for Parker, she's waiting for the mosquito spray trucks to eliminate her mosquito problem.

"Just back up to my house and spray as much as they possibly can" said Parker.

A pond is also a great breeding spot for mosquitoes. If you have a pond but don't have any fish in it, you can actually purchase a fish that eat the mosquito larvae. And believe it our not, the fish are called mosquito fish and they are a native of South Carolina.

Each year the Charleston county mosquito control treats 50,000 acres by aircraft and 500,000 acres through ground spraying. An interesting fact, only the female mosquito bites.

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