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Pee Dee city cracks down on Zika

Horry County officials are working to keep the mosquito population down. Horry County officials are working to keep the mosquito population down.

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Measures are being taken right now to stop Zika from becoming an issue in the Pee Dee.

The City of Florence is even providing free resources if you need them.

The most important thing to keep in mind: only one case of Zika has been reported in South Carolina, and that case was travel-related.

“There have been no Aedes Aegypti mosquito in South Carolina that have been noted as infected with the virus as of yet. They are doing random sampling of mosquitoes throughout the state and will continue throughout the state…until this thing is kind of under control, or we have a better understanding of the Zika virus,” said Chuck Pope, Public Works Director.

There are some steps you can take in your own backyard to help the city’s efforts.

Of course, make sure there is no standing water on your property, because that can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The City of Florence said code enforcement will be knocking on the doors of people who aren’t keeping up with their properties and are excessively allowing water to pool, to the point of nuisance.

The city is using a gas-powered fogger to spray to keep mosquitoes to a minimum,  it has been doing this every night since the warmer weather began to settle in.

For those of you who have larger bodies of water on your property, you can pick up some of larvacide briquettes; they help neutralize mosquitoes’ larva. 

"The City has these briquettes that we will provide for the residents for their use on private property in standing water and those kinds of things where they can put these briquettes in. They last for about 30 days and treat up to 100 square feet of water,” Pope said.

If you see any public areas that need extra attention the city says don’t hesitate to call the public works department.

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