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      Horry County steps up aerial spraying due to increase in mosquitoes

      This time of year, it's common for Horry County to spray for mosquitoes, but because we've had so many thunderstorms recently, they're increasing when and where they spray.

      Next week, weather permitting, the county will be conducting aerial spraying in the areas of Aynor, Homewood, Tilly Swamp/Popular, Burgess, Green Sea, and Cedar Branch.

      The county says it uses chemicals approved by the EPA that pose minimal risk to humans or animals.

      "Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating," according to the county's news release.

      Beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Mosquito & Spraying to identify the location of their colonies.

      Citizens with concerns, complaints, or those requesting spraying in their area can contact Horry County Mosquito & Spraying at (843) 915-5174.