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Standing water still present from Oct. floods draws concerns about mosquitoes

Standing water in West Ashley (Source: Live 5) Standing water in West Ashley (Source: Live 5)
WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston County Mosquito Control will begin aerially inspecting and spraying for mosquito sites.

Their procedure, which starts on Tuesday, usually starts around this time of year.

Over the last few months the Zika virus has been on the forefront of many people’s minds ahead of the mosquito season.

According to a recent study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Charleston is believed to have a high potential for mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.

Other cities in the south that made the list included Savannah, Georgia, Miami, Florida, and Jacksonville, Florida. The study was based on climate, mosquito breeding patterns and even air travel.

Some people who live West of the Ashley said they've already had to deal with mosquitoes because of the weather.

"The noseeums and mosquitoes were already out and about a couple weeks ago when we kind of got that warm spike,” said Ryan Carey, of Johns Island. “I think everyone is already feeling it."

"[I noticed them] about a month ago,” said Gay Burdick, of West Ashley. “[It surprises me] a little bit, but it was warm. They took advantage of it."

Burdick enjoys walking the trails in West Ashley. She said she doesn't go anywhere without bug spray.

"I've got about two cans of ‘Off’ and one can of ‘Cutter’ spray that I use every day," Burdick said.

After October's floods areas around the county, like along 61, James and Johns Islands, are still seeing large amounts of standing water. This means prime breeding ground for the mosquitoes.

"It does concern me,” Burdick said. “I've been looking at the water and thinking, okay what are we going to do? I hope someone is spraying for mosquitoes."

“[It] definitely [concerns me]," said Cheryl Brinson, of West Ashley.

"Yes,” agreed Barbara Mixon, of Charleston. “Especially West of the Ashley over here."

Some residents believe this season will be worse than the last because of all the different factors.

"I think it will be,” Carey said. “We didn't have too harsh of a winter, compared to the last couple."

Some easy ways to protect you and your home is to dump out any free standing water in your yard that may have gathered in buckets, trash cans, or even bird baths.

Bug sprays that contain DEET are said to help prevent mosquitoes from attacking. 

It's also important to protect your pets while outdoors. One tip, take a fabric softener sheet and wipe your pet down.

Being prepared for the outdoors is the best way to avoid contracting any sort of virus from mosquitoes.

Monday a spokesman with the Department of Health and Environmental control said there are no confirmed cases of the Zika virus in South Carolina. So far they've had 60 negative tests. Eight are still pending.

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