The Richland County Vector Control Program is preparing for spraying.
The program conducts surveillance on mosquito populations, treats larval breeding sites and sprays for adult mosquitoes in densely populated areas of the County.
County residents can help reduce mosquitoes by inspecting their property for potential breeding sites and using these preventive measures:
- Empty, overturn or remove water-holding containers such as tires, cans, bottles,
- buckets, flower pots, etc. (To view an informational video, visit the County’s YouTube page.)
- Use EPA registered insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or Oil of Lemon
- Eucalyptus according to label instructions
- Clear drainage ditches of debris and weeds
- Pack tree holes with sand
- Clean clogged roof gutters
- Keep boats overturned drained or covered (covers should not collect water)
- Stock ornamental ponds (water gardens) with top-feeding minnows
- Maintain swimming pools properly
- Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and containers used to root plants at least weekly
- Make sure there are screens on rain barrels to prevent mosquitoes from accessing the
- collected water and use the water as soon as possible
In Richland County (outside the city limits of Columbia), truck spraying for adult mosquitoes will usually be conducted between midnight and dawn, however, it is possible that spraying may be conducted earlier depending on conditions. Program personnel request that all beekeepers and persons allergic to the products resmethrin, prallethrin, sumithrin, and/or permethrin please notify them through the Ombudsman’s office at 929-6000.
For questions or problems with mosquitoes inside the city limits of Columbia, call 545-4229.
Lexington County residents who live inside the town limits of Batesburg-Leesville should call the Town Hall at 803-532-4601. All other Lexington County residents should call 785-8440.