HC to help spray for mosquitoes

Mosquito bites can itch, burn, and can even leave scars on your skin, and there's a lot of them that come out during the summer months in Horry County.

Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for Horry County, says the most common places for the pests to gather is around still water.

"Of course mosquitoes love water, so our highest complaint areas are always along the rivers whether it's the Waccamaw River, or the Pee Dee River as well," said Bourcier.

Bourcier said the county is taking action again this fiscal year by budgeting more than half a million dollars to help fund aerial and ground spraying for mosquitoes.

Bourcier says the aerial spraying will be done over 10,000 acre grids at a time.

However, sometimes the spraying the county does isn't enough to stop those pesty insects.

Joey Davis, a pest control expert with AAA Pest Control says even after spraying the area, some mosquitoes can still linger.

"This is such a huge area and we've got so much to do that the county can't do it all," said Davis.

In order to help eliminate the pests, avoid having things like bird baths around your home and keep your yard well maintained.

"The more bushes and trees you have the more mosquitoes you will have," Davis said.

The county says the chemicals used for spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals.

If you see one of the mosquito spraying planes flying low, the county says don't worry, they have to get as close to the ground as possible to make sure the spray works.

To make a complaint about mosquitoes call Horry County Stormwater/Mosquito control at 843-915-5174.