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Mosquito spraying begins around Santee Cooper Lakes



04/01/2016

<p>(File photo by Jim Huff/Santee Cooper)</p>

(File photo by Jim Huff/Santee Cooper)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — The Santee Cooper Vector Management Program has announced the areas in its management control zone for this year's seasonal mosquito spraying around lakes Marion and Moultrie.

Santee Cooper typically sprays around 60,000 acres annually by truck for adult mosquito control and about 300 acres for larval control in communities surrounding the Santee Cooper Lakes. The chemicals used in spraying processes are EPA-approved, and employees who spray are licensed by the Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The prime season for mosquitoes begins as early as April and typically ends in November. About 50 mosquito species inhabit the area surrounding the lakes. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and residents can decrease mosquito activity by eliminating potential breeding sites. Any container that holds water should be emptied or removed.

Recent news accounts have called attention to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus with significant health implications for certain populations. At this time, Zika transmission in mosquitoes has not occurred in South Carolina (www.cdc.gov/zika). However, the same mosquito-control activities — emptying standing water in outside containers and eliminating other sources of container breeding — further decreases the likelihood of locally transmitted Zika Virus.

Santee Cooper will be spraying at various times during the prime mosquito season. The following areas will be serviced in Berkeley County: Dubois Peninsula, Live Oak, General Moultrie (sections I and II), Dubois Extension, Bonneau Park, Pinopolis, Halls, Thornley Forest (sections I and II), Thornley Extension, Overton, Fred Day Landing, Diversion Canal, Black Oak, Cross, Diversion Canal, S&S Campground, Johnston's Landing, Black's Camp campground, Big Oak Landing & Campground, and Angel's Landing. Includes all public boat landings.

The following areas will be serviced in Orangeburg County: St. Julien, St. Julien Extension (sections I and II), Fountain, Fountain Lake, Belvedere, Belvedere (section II and III), Sinkler, Eutaw Spings, Ferguson's Landing, Bluff, Red Bank (sections I and II), Mill Creek, Mill Creek Campground and Santee State Park. Includes all public boat landings.

The following areas will be serviced in Clarendon County: Church Branch, Davis, W.B. Davis, Clark, Gin Pond, Wyboo, Frierson, White Oak (sections I, II, III), Rowland, Taw Caw, West Wyboo, Prince (sections I, II,III), Francis Marion, Goat Island, Cantey Bay, Alex Harvin Landing, Scarborough's Landing, Camp Bob Cooper, Polly's Landing, Cooper's Landing, Goat Island Resort, Taw Caw Landing, Taw Caw Park, Taw Caw Campground, Pack's Landing and Elliott's Landing. Includes all public boat landings.

The following areas will be serviced in Calhoun County: Poplar, Low Falls, High Hills, Calhoun and Washington Point. Includes all public boat landings.

The Santee Cooper Mosquito Control website at www.santeecooper.com/mosquitocontrol provides a general overview of Santee Cooper's mosquito-control services. Requests for service may be submitted via this website. Scheduled spray runs are also posted.

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