CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County personnel will be going door-to-door in some neighborhoods to inform the public about mosquitoes and how they can help control them in and around their property.
Government officials say the county's Mosquito Control Division will be knocking on doors Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from Feb. 29 to March 17.
Officials say county employees will visit neighborhoods to distribute educational materials and check yards for containers that could lead to mosquito breeding problems.
"The young mosquitoes, or larvae, cannot live and become adult mosquitoes without water," county officials said."So the key is to get rid of the containers that hold water around homes, yards, schools and businesses. The public must help by flushing water out of birdbaths and pet dishes with a garden hose. Keep anything that has potential to hold water, such as toys, buckets, cans and bottles, turned over and emptied."
"Our citizens are the first line of defense in the battle against the mosquito population," said Frank Carson, Charleston County Mosquito Control's Manager. "Mosquitoes carry diseases including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria and the Zika virus. The public has to be an integral part of our fight against mosquito-borne diseases. For many of the requests we respond to, we find that people are actually breeding mosquitoes in their own yard."
"Working together, Charleston County Mosquito Control and the citizens of Charleston County can reduce the mosquito population so that residents can continue to enjoy outside activities and minimize the occurrence of mosquito-carried disease."
Bee Keepers, Organic Farmers, and citizens with chemical sensitivities, should contact Charleston County Mosquito Control at (843) 202-7880 to be added to the County's spray notification list.
The county has provided the following tips:
WAYS THE PUBLIC CAN HELP REDUCE MOSQUITOES:
Every three days, flush birdbaths, potted plant saucers and other containers that hold water
Keep yard clean and cut
Remove items from yard that hold water and are not needed outside
Keep lawn and gardening equipment indoors
Fix leaky faucets
Keep gutters clean
Fill in tree holes with sand or concrete
Change pet water dishes regularly
Chlorinate pools and clean the pool and filters
Add fish to ponds
A mosquito's life revolves around water; a female mosquito lays her eggs in water or in areas expected to flood.
Once they hatch, a larvae mosquito must remain in water until it emerges as an adult approximately one to two weeks later.
Mosquitoes can become infected with the West Nile Virus when they feed on infected birds.
Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease from an infected dog or cat to a healthy dog or cat.
TO REQUEST SERVICE OR INFORMATION:
To request service or to get information on Charleston County Mosquito Control activities, call (843) 202-7880.
For information on educational programs and presentations available from Charleston County Mosquito Control, call (843) 202-7886.
To see more information online, visit the County's Mosquito Control Web page at: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/public-works/mosquito-about.php