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KERSHAW COUNTY PROVIDES PREVENTATIVE WAYS AND ADVICE TO CONTROL ACTIVE MOSQUITO POPULATION

Post Date:10/31/2018 9:45 AM

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2018

Media Contact        803.425.1500
Lauren Reeder
Lauren.reeder@kershaw.sc.gov

Kershaw County provides preventative ways and advice to control active mosquito population

Kershaw County, SC – As temperatures remain above 60 degrees during the day, mosquitoes continue to be active and breed. In an effort to help reduce the mosquito population, Kershaw County is offering a free Mosquito Dunk® to all county households and businesses. Mosquito Dunks® are biological control discs that are deployed in standing water. One Mosquito Dunk® treats 100 square feet of water surface and can be broken into several portions to treat multiple trouble spots. Each environmentally safe, nontoxic disc works up to 30 days and kills mosquitoes before they are old enough to bite. Pick up your free Mosquito Dunk® from the Department of Safety and Emergency Services at The Kershaw County Government (515 Walnut Street, Camden, SC 29020). The Government Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. 

Because all mosquitoes need standing water to begin their life cycle, any site where water stands for five days or more may breed mosquitoes. To easily control the mosquito population, locate sites that hold water including:

  • Containers that hold water – empty and store dry or change water every few days
  • Swimming pools – maintain with proper chemicals or cover/drain if not in use
  • Plastic sheeting or tarps used to cover yard items – pull tight so water won’t pool
  • Garden pools/ponds – stock with fish that eat mosquitoes, such as “mosquito fish” (Gambusia) or small goldfish
  • Shallow edges of ponds – keep cleared of plants and weeds. Do not plant cattail plants in wetlands or retention ponds
  • Clogged ditches and pipes – clean out weeds, dirt, and debris so water can flow freely
  • Low places, such as tire ruts or puddles – fill with dirt
  • Tree holes and hollow stumps – fill with sand
  • Failing septic tanks that cause sewage water to pool on top of the ground – repair
  • Leaky pipes and outdoor faucets – repair
  • Small areas of water that can’t be drained – treat with mosquito control products like Mosquito Dunks®

 You should also be mindful and protect yourself from biting mosquitoes by:

  • Avoiding being outside, if possible, during dawn, dusk, twilight hours, and at night when mosquitoes are most active
  • Installing screens on windows, doors, and porches
  • Closing car windows and garage doors at night
  • Trimming or removing overgrown shrubs, grass, weeds, vines, and ground cover that provide a cool, dark, and damp area where adult mosquitoes rest
  • Using yellow light bulbs or sodium-vapor orange lights for outside lighting
  • Avoiding wearing products that smell like fruit or flowers
  • Wearing light colored long-sleeve shirts or pants
  • Wearing mosquito repellent that contains DEET, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or Picaridin

For a complete list of preventative measures for mosquito control, visit The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control at scdhec.gov.

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