Spray Mosquitos, Not Honey Bees!

Remember the concern we had last year about the possibility of mosquitos spreading the Zika virus, with DHEC reported one incident of human contact with the disease in an area of southern Laurens County? Cold weather over subsequent months has contributed to a reduction of concern about the problem; but another summer is on the way.

Clinton City Manager Bill Ed Cannon has announced additional support for the city in fighting the problem. Thanks to a grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the city of Clinton will soon have a new tool with which to battle mosquitoes.  Mr. Cannon announced the grant at last week’s City Council meeting. He reported that DHEC is providing grants in an effort to combat the Zika virus which is carried by the pesky bugs. In Clinton’s case, the grant amounted to $23,653.00.  He said that money will be used to purchase a new ULV Fogger with GPS tracking capability.

Bill Ed Cannon said the GPS aspect of this fogger is important for two reasons. First, it will allow city workers to review where they’ve been and avoid duplicating treatment of the same area. Second, this system will allow the city to help protect areas where there are known honey bee colonies, so that the mosquito can be controlled with minimal damage to the bee population.

DHEC is expected to eventually award more than $500,000 this year in their Zika control program here in the state.