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Marion County officials announce mosquito spraying schedule

October 11, 2018

MARION, S.C. – Marion County officials announced plans to begin spraying for mosquitoes on Friday. Marion County Administrator Tim Harper said spraying will be done between the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals, he said.

Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. Homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed or peeled before eating.

Marion the Marion County Healthcare Foundation donated a $137,764 to Marion County Council last week to fund mosquito control.

Harper reminded residents 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.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Marion County Emergency Management office at 843- 431-5009 to identify the location of their colonies.

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