Just when the great outdoors seems perfect, it’s ruined by the buzzing noise of an annoying mosquito looking for a tasty treat. The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is asking the citizens of the state to assist in their own protection by taking appropriate measures in reducing the mosquito population and the risk of serious disease spread by mosquitoes.
Adam Myrick, DHEC spokesman says that mosquitoes can emerge from very small amounts of water when left to stagnate.
What we are asking South Carolinians to do is help us out. Help us control the mosquito population. And the best way to do that is — take a look around your yard, around your house and remove any standing water you might have. Some things that collect standing water that we might may not think about, sometimes, can be boats, grills, even little kids’ swimming pools. Those are the big culprits.
Myrick says it’s important to avoid mosquito bites to reduce our chances of contracting diseases such as the West Nile virus.
It’s something that we’re going to just have to deal with like any other virus or any other disease that is now common place in our state, or in our country. That’s really the big one there that we’re concerned about. We know if we cut down on mosquitoes, obviously the likelihood of contracting a mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile, goes down along with the mosquito population.
Pets and livestock can also become infected. Myrick explains that veterinarians know more as to what is the best protection for the treatment and prevention of mosquito-born disease for a particular animal.
In addition to preventing mosquitoes from breeding, DHEC advises people to practice protective measures such as staying inside at dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are most active. Those who must be outside should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and the appropriate use of insect repellents is recommended.