With warmer weather on the way, the Richland County Vector Control Program will begin spraying to keep mosquitos at bay – and urge residents to do their part as well.
The program conducts surveillance on mosquito populations, treats larval breeding sites and sprays for adult mosquitoes in densely populated areas of the 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.
· Use insect repellents that contain DEET or Picaridin according to label instructions
· Clear drainage ditches of debris and weeds
· Pack tree holes with sand or cement
· Clean clogged roof gutters
· Keep boats drained and covered or overturned – covers should not collect water
· Stock ornamental ponds 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 conditions.
Beekeepers and people allergic to the products resmethrin and/or permethrin should notify the Vector Program at 576-2459 or call the County Ombudsman’s Office at 929-6000.
For questions or problems with mosquitoes inside the city limits of Columbia, call 545-3430. For information on spraying in Lexington County, call 785-8440.