City of Columbia to spray after West Nile detected in dead bird

officials say a dead bird found within the city limits has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

COLUMBIA,  SC (WOLO ) — City  of Columbia officials say a dead bird found within the city limits has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

In response, the city will begin spraying for adult mosquitoes on 7/30/22 and will conclude on 7/31/22.

Here’s information / map provided of the general spraying area.

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Officials say spraying is usually conducted between midnight and dawn; however, it is possible for spraying to be conducted earlier depending on conditions. Residents allergic to the products permethrin or tau-fluvalinate are asked to notify Vector Control staff by calling the City of Columbia Code Enforcement at 803-545-4229. All beekeepers also should call Code Enforcement to notify staff of their hives.

Per the City, Residents are urged to take these preventive measures to reduce the threat of mosquitoes:

  • Use, according to the label instructions, EPA registered insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Clear drainage ditches of debris and weeds
  • Empty and turn over outdoor containers holding water
  • Eliminate overgrown grass, weeds, and shrubbery
  • Pack tree holes with sand
  • Clean clogged roof gutters
  • Keep boats overturned, drained or covered (covers should not collect water)
  • Stock ornamental ponds and water gardens with top-feeding minnows
  • Properly maintain swimming pools
  • Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and plant containers at least once a week
  • Make sure there are screens on rain barrels and use the water as soon as possible.
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