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Orangeburg County Mosquito Control

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.

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Mosquito Control Duties

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.


Mosquito Prevention

Hate mosquitos? Here are some quick helpful tips to help prevent mosquitos from ruining your day.

  • If you’re going to be outdoors, pick an open, sunny spot away from trees, bushes, or high grass where mosquitoes might be hiding.
  • Avoid going out unprotected at night on cool or overcast days.
  • Screen Protection: Ordinary window screens with 14 to 18 meshes to the inch will keep out mosquitoes. Screens should be kept in good repair.
  • Mosquito-proof clothing/bedding: Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants tucked into socks. Clothing of tightly woven fabrics offers protection against mosquito bites. To protect infants, use mosquito netting made of cotton or nylon with 23 to 26 meshes per inch. A white colored mesh net works the best. It helps spot any mosquitoes in the area.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or any scented products. The scent will more than likely attract mosquitoes in your area. Wear light-colored clothing rather than dark when spending time outdoors.
  • Use an insect repellent product that contains approximately 30% DEET. DEET has been proven to be very effective to help prevent mosquitoes. Don’t apply repellents to the eyes, lips, open cuts, areas of the skin that has a rash or other mucus membranes on the skin. For more information on DEET, please visit SCDHEC.gov or view the CDC.gov DEET fact sheet.
  • Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by removing any standing water in your area. Possible breeding places that may hold standing water include: old tires, kiddie pools, clogged gutters, wheelbarrows, birdbaths, fountains, etc. Keep these places clean and free of standing water. If you own a birdbath or fountain, change the water at least twice per week. For more tips on how to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, please visit SCDHEC.gov.
  • To get more information on how to better protect your home against mosquitoes, view the SCDHEC flyer or the County flyer.

Mosquito Facts

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.


Mosquito Control Contact Info

The Mosquito Control Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, May through October, excluding County holidays.

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