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Berkeley County announces emergency mosquito abatement plan

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Officials say Berkeley County Mosquito Abatement will be launching a significant effort of aerial spraying over areas with the highest mosquito counts in response to a major, countywide mosquito hatch-off resulting from the 1000-year rains,

According to Berkeley County officials, the first aerial spraying by aircraft will be in the Pineville and Eadytown regions on Friday, Oct. 30.

"Due to the colder morning temperatures, this aerial application will occur from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM. It is anticipated that the future applications will also take place in the late afternoon hours, between 4:30 PM and dusk," Berkeley County officials said.

Officials say due to the nature of aerial applications, the aircraft may not be able to avoid spraying over roads that residents previously requested Berkeley County Mosquito Abatement spray trucks to not spray.

"To prevent bee and cricket loss, beekeepers and cricket farmers are advised to cover their hives during the applications to their area. Beekeepers, cricket farmers and farmers of other beneficial insects are asked to contact the Mosquito Abatement Office at 843-719-4646 with their contact information, so the Mosquito Abatement Office can notify the beekeepers and cricket farmers by phone prior to the aerial applications."

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