Orangeburg County provides a comprehensive mosquito control program for the entire County, treating both the larval and adult stages of mosquitoes. The mosquito control program is a seasonal department and operates Monday through Friday, between the months of May and October. A mosquito is not only a nuisance while enjoying the outdoors, it is also a vector for spreading harmful diseases to both humans and animals. The Mosquito Control Department provides services to the entire County of Orangeburg, although some townships may also have their own departments to treat mosquitoes.
Our department works in two shifts. First shift handles our Larvaciding operations and the second shift (evening) handles the Adulticiding (spraying) operations. Our first shift works from 8:30am to 2:30pm. First shift receives and organizes complaints Monday through Friday from the public about mosquitoes, inspects ditches and determines what type of treatment to use to prevent the pupae from maturing into adults.
Our second shift (evening) works from 6:00pm to 11:30pm. Second shift utilizes spray machines to combat mosquitoes in and around neighborhoods and the surrounding areas. Spraying operations are conducted in the evening when the air is cool, and while wind velocity does not exceed 10 miles per hour. Spraying is mainly done during the evening because there is generally an inversion of air temperature that holds the small droplets sprayed close to the ground. This inversion promotes excellent control of mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes are also very active during evening hours. Spraying is not done during times of excessive air movement, such as high winds or thermals created on hot days by rising warm air, which results in U.L.V. droplets being dispersed so swiftly that effectiveness is reduced or prevented.
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All mosquitoes need water in order to survive their early life stages. Adults flying mosquitoes frequently rest in grass, shrubbery, or other vegetation, but they never develop there. Different kinds of mosquitoes may be recognized by the type of water in which they lay their eggs. The female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite. The female mosquito needs a blood meal to help produce eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on plant juices. Some species of mosquitoes will bite at any time of the day, while others prefer to bite after sunset. Mosquitoes are attracted to humans by the carbon dioxide we exhale and by other odors such as perfume, hair spray, deodorant, etc. The color of your clothing can also attract mosquitoes. For more facts on mosquitoes, please visit CDC.gov.
The Mosquito Control Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, May through October, excluding County holidays.