You Paid For It: Local mosquito control

VIDEO: You Paid For It: Local mosquito control

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - There are more than 60 different species of mosquitoes in South Carolina, and DHEC reports more than 60 local mosquito control programs in South Carolina.

State health officials say mosquitoes and other flying pests don’t just cause itchy bites.

They can also spread diseases such as West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, and dog/cat heartworm.

Charleston County’s mosquito control program is working on a $2.3 million budget this year.

Abatement workers throughout the region are gearing up for peak mosquito season in the Lowcountry.

We noticed last month the Charleston County Mosquito Control Program spent $115,000 on pesticides, $3,600 on supplies and attended the American Mosquito Control Association Meeting in Orlando.

Berkeley County budgeted $1.1 million this year for mosquito abatement. Dorchester County’s budget listed $787,529. Georgetown County budgeted $551,147 this year.

“In light of the 2015 flood, DHEC has been urging local governments to review, update or create local ordinances designed to help their mosquito control programs reduce or treat standing water that can provide breeding sites for mosquitoes,” says a description on the agency’s website.

REQUESTING MOSQUITO CONTROL IN YOUR AREA:

Charleston County: Ground spray map, spray zone locator, mosquito control request form, types of treatment, mosquito facts

Dorchester County: Beekeeper and Organic Farmer Registration, request spraying, spray schedule and zones

Berkeley County: Requests for service, spray schedule, spray zones, and homeowner tips

Georgetown County: Requests for Service, new spray schedules anticipated in May, Frequently Asked Questions

Williamsburg County: Environmental Services

Colleton County: Spray request, beehive registration

Beaufort County: Public service announcements, requests for spraying, Mosquito Control App, dead bird reporting**

Orangeburg County: Mosquito prevention facts, mosquito complaint form

**You can report and submit dead birds in any county to help DHEC track West Nile Virus.**

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