Darlington increases mosquito-spraying efforts

October 2, 2018

Mosquitoes have been a problem in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Since Hurricane Florence, the city of Darlington has increased its mosquito-spraying frequency to help control the adult mosquito population.

Crews will spray nightly from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday.

The chemicals will not be sprayed if the drivers see residents outside or if it is raining.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, drivers will spray along the alphabet streets; First, Second and Third Streets; and across South Main Street from Limit Street to Park Street.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the truck will cover the country club, Oakdale, Spring Street, W illiamson Park and North Main Street neighborhoods.

Additionally, city crews have been putting bricks into ditches full of standing water that release chemicals to disrupt mosquito larva from developing.

The truck will only spray within the city limits. Staff cannot spray at individual addresses; however, residents can play a part in reducing the mosquito population and their chances of being bitten.

>> Remove tall weeds and grass in your yard to eliminate the favorite daytime resting places of mosquitoes.

>> Dispose of old tires, buckets and any other containers that might hold water.

>> Clean your pet dish regularly.

>> Check around air conditioner units and repair leaks or puddles that remain for several days.

>> Change the water in your birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week.

>> Consider staying inside during peak mosquito biting times (dusk and dawn).

>> Wear long-sleeved shirts and light-colored pants. (Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors).

>> Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET.

Residents with questions or comments should call the city of Darlington Street Department at 843-398-4035.

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