ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) - Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division announced Thursday evening that it has initiated a "mosquito abatement response plan."
This plan was following a case of West Nile Virus in a bird that was found at a residence near the intersection of Heatherbrook Court and Centerville Road, according to a press release. The bird was sent to DHEC for testing.
The Emergency Management Division will begin spraying and using larvicide briquettes in bodies of standing water Friday night to get rid of the mosquito population in the affected area, according to the press release.
The press release said that residents within a one-mile radius of the infected bird will receive a CodeRed message to alert them of the plans to spray.
They will begin spraying at approximately midnight Friday and continue into early Saturday morning, according to the press release.
The press release said that there have not been any confirmed cases of humans having the West Nile Virus in the area at this time.
The Emergency Management Division offered the following tips to help 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.
For additional information regarding the West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, as well as other important tips, follow @ACSCEMD on Facebook and Twitter or visit the following websites: