COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) - National Mosquito Control Awareness Week runs from June 24 to 30. The week stresses control and prevention of mosquitoes, which carry the risk of disease.
"The week of June 24 is an opportunity for us to share valuable information with the public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout our state," said Sue Ferguson, an environmental health manager with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Environmental Health, in a statement. "Everyone can take part in local mosquito prevention and control efforts by doing some basic cleaning activities around their home.
Ferguson recommends that residents remove items from their yard that collect water, clean roof gutters and fill in low-lying area that prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
DHEC offers these tips to help keep mosquitoes from breeding in your yard:
- Remove buckets, cups, bottles, flowerpots, plastic bags, tires or any water-holding containers that might have accumulated outside.
- Do not allow water to stagnate in low-lying areas of the yard, in boats or on tarps that cover yard items such as boats, swimming pools, grills and woodpiles.
- Keep birdbaths and pet bowls clean. Flush with clear water and clean out at least once a week.
- Clean fallen leaves and other debris out of roof gutters and spouting.
- Make sure outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids. If lids are not available, drill holes in the bottom of the can.
- Make sure screens on windows and doors are in good repair.
- Stock ponds with minnows or use appropriately labeled products to control mosquito larvae.
- Trim and maintain shrubs and grass.
DHEC offers these tips for preventing mosquito bites:
- Stay inside at dawn, dusk and early in the evening when mosquitoes are most active.
- If outside at dawn or dusk, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Follow the directions on the label for using insect repellents.
For more information on mosquitoes, including recommended repellents, go to DHEC's website at: http://www.scdhec.gov/mosquitoes.