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Mosquito Control

Ray C. Funnye, Public Services Director
Location: 178 Airport Road, Georgetown, S.C. 29440
Phone: (843) 545-3615 - Problem Report Line
Fax: (843) 545-3526
E-mail:
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for legal holidays)
Point of Contact: Tracy Jones

Directions: Located off Highway 17, at the Georgetown Airport.

 

Weekly Spray Schedule: 

July 24 thru July 28, 2017

 

Aerial Spray schedule is subject to change:

Aerial Spray Map / Schedule

 

Request Service:

A number of services provided by Georgetown County government can be requested online. From road grading to grass cutting, pot hole repair, drainage and more, you can report your issue and request service through our At Your Request page using the link below.

Attention Beekeepers: In an effort to protect the local bee population, Georgetown County's Mosquito Control Division maintains a list of contact information for local beekeepers, so they may receive advance notice of aerial sprays in their area and cover their hives. To sign up, please call (843) 545-3619.

 

Department Function:

To provide temporary and permanent control methods for the abatement of adult biting mosquitoes. Our integrated pest management system incorporates source reduction, surveillance, identification, adulticiding, larviciding and education. Mosquito Control has a phone hotline, with which county residents can report mosquito problems and ask for help locating and eliminating mosquito breeding areas on their property. If Mosquito Control inspectors find a potential breeding source, the property owner is given advice on personal protection and elimination of the breeding source.

Learn More About What We Do:

Georgetown County Mosquito Control’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program:

Primary goal is to protect public health from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
Our prevention and control strategies and methods are based on sound science.
We are committed to protecting families by:

Educating the public to protect themselves and take an active role in the reduction of mosquito populations;
Eliminating mosquito egg-laying sources; and
Applying safe, effective EPA-registered insecticides when needed.

To request service, please call our hotline:  (843) 545-3615

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What can I do to reduce the mosquito population in the areas around my home?
A: Since all mosquitoes need water during their early stages of life, water-holding containers such as tree holes, tires, tin cans, uncovered boats, leaf-clogged rain gutters and planters may be breeding areas for mosquitoes. To control mosquito problems around the house, empty the water from these places. For more advice, click "Advice for Homeowners" link at the bottom of this page.

Q. What can I do to protect myself from biting mosquitoes?
A: When outside, wear mosquito-proof clothing, avoid wearing perfume or scented products and use an insect repellent. Mosquitoes are also more attracted to dark-colored clothing.

Q: What is West Nile Virus and how can I contract it?
A: First found in the United States in New York City in Sept. 1999, the West Nile Virus is contracted through the bite of a mosquito that has the virus. Mosquitoes contract the virus by feeding on birds that have the virus. The mosquitoes then transmit the virus to humans and animals when they bite them. Not contracted person to person, studies show that about three-fourths of people with West Nile Virus did not become sick at all. About one-third had a mild illness with fever, headache, body aches and a skin rash. Only a few (1 percent) had the dangerous infection called encephalitis. The time from the mosquito’s bite to a person becoming sick is usually five to 15 days. There are no vaccines to prevent the disease or drugs to treat it.

Q: What actions should I take if I see a dead bird?
A: At this time, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control only tests crows and blue jays. If you see any dead crows or blue jays, please contact Mosquito Control immediately. Staff will collect and submit the bird to DHEC for further testing.

Q: How can I request the spraying of an area for mosquitoes?
A: Call our request line, (843) 545-3615. Leave your name, address and telephone number.

Q: Does Georgetown County use airplanes to spray for mosquitoes?
A: Only in extreme cases, due to the cost of the application. When the spray trucks can not reduce the majority of mosquitoes, the county uses a plane to spray.

Q: How does the county determine the areas to spray?
A: Georgetown County has 14 light traps placed throughout the County. The collection of these traps, amount of rainfall, number of complaints and past problem areas all determine the areas to be sprayed.

Q: What does the department do to combat mosquitoes?
A: The Department conducts mosquito surveillance in low-lying areas and dredged spoil areas throughout the county in an effort to decrease mosquito breeding. In addition, the department conducts adulticiding activities throughout the County to combat adult biting mosquitoes.

 

 

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