'Slow' mosquito complaints save Horry Co. money

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Mosquito season is in full swing across the Palmetto State, but officials in Horry County say they saw a dip in bug complaints during the month of July.

The county budgets an estimated $700,000 each year to help control the local mosquito population to keep you comfortable, and officials with Horry County Mosquito Control say the slow month of July likely saved the county money.

Because complaints were down due to dry conditions, Horry County crews did not perform aerial and ground spraying as much. While the county got a break, local pest control companies say their business was booming as usual.

"Anywhere from five to ten [sprays] a day – and it's all weather related," Lennie Johnson, of Lane's Professional Pest Elimination said. "If it's raining, we can't do the service. We have to catch up on other ones on the days it's nice out."

Health officials at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are also closely monitoring four new cases of the West Nile Virus in the Palmetto State. It is important to note, though, only one of those cases was found in a human.

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