CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) -- The low-flying mosquito planes that have become a mainstay in the skies of Charleston will maintain their presence through November, county officials said Monday.
According to a release from Charleston County, the summer's heavy rains and high tides have warranted a need for continued mosquito spraying through November. Flights will resume Sept. 10.
Officials said the public can help keep the mosquito population down by making sure things that can hold water are flushed out and emptied because mosquitoes breed in water.
"The first thing we need to know is where mosquitoes breed and how they live their life cycles," said Donna Odom, Charleston County Mosquito Control Superintendent. "Mosquitoes carry diseases including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Heartworms. The public has to be an integral part of our fight against mosquito-borne diseases. A great deal of requests we respond to, we find that people are actually breeding mosquitoes in their own yard."
WAYS THE PUBLIC CAN HELP REDUCE MOSQUITOES:
- Every three days, flush birdbaths, potted plant saucers and other containers that hold water
- Keep yard clean and cut
- Remove items from yard that hold water and are not needed outside
- Keep lawn and gardening equipment indoors
- Fix leaky faucets
- Keep gutters clean
- Fill in tree holes with sand or concrete
- Change pet water dishes regularly
- Chlorinate pools and clean the pool and filters
- Add fish to ponds
- A mosquito's life revolves around water; a female mosquito lays her eggs in water or in areas expected to flood.
- Once they hatch, a larvae mosquito must remain in water until it emerges as an adult approximately one to two weeks later.
- Mosquitoes can become infected with the West Nile Virus when they feed on infected birds.
- Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease from an infected dog or cat to a healthy dog or cat.