Mosquito Response Plan Activated

Second time this year

August 24, 2018 - 10:54 am
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Anderson, SC (23 August 2018, 8:00 p.m. EDT) – Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division has initiated its mosquito abatement response plan, once again, following a case of West Nile Virus in a bird. The bird was found at a residence near the intersection of Heatherbrook Court and Centerville Rd. and was sent to DHEC for testing.

At this time, there remain no confirmed human cases of the disease; however, out of an abundance of caution and in line with DHEC-prescribed action, the Emergency Management Division will begin mitigation and abatement efforts to eradicate the mosquito population in the affected area including spraying and the use of larvicide briquettes in bodies of standing water.

The water-based pesticide used during spraying does not pose a health risk to humans or animals; however, beekeepers with hives in the area should arrange to relocate hives until spraying has been completed. All local beekeeping organizations have been notified. The county’s pest control contractor will place larvicide briquettes in areas of standing water, to reduce the mosquito threat. These briquettes should not be handled or disturbed by the public and will remain effective up to 45 days after placement. 

A CodeRed message will be sent out to residents within a one-mile radius of where the infected bird was located alerting them to plans for spraying and directing them to the Emergency Management Division website for more information. In addition, the agency will use its social media accounts as well as other county media resources to provide information about West Nile Virus and mosquito-borne illnesses.

Spraying is expected to take place at approximately midnight Friday, August 24, into early Saturday morning.

Residents are reminded of the most effective ways to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile Virus:

• Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

• Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

• Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

• Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites.

For additional information regarding the West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, as well as other important tips, follow @ACSCEMD on Facebook and Twitter or visit the following website:

http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/Insects/Mosquitoes/

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