Spraying begins to get rid of mosquitoes

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Mosquitoes seems to be everywhere, but it's no surprise after the past several days of rainfall.

For the past few days across Horry County, there has been a lot of spraying for mosquitoes. This year, the county has more in their budget to try and help keep these bugs away from you at home.

Around this time last year, the Waccamaw River was waist deep. It took about a week for AAA Pest Control's phone to start ringing off the hook.

Joey Davis, owner of AAA Pest Control said, "When the water receded and kind of just went into the swamps, and it was puddled up everywhere - we started getting calls about mosquitoes, palmetto bugs, ants."

Besides dealing with the bugs, there was a bigger problem at stake - how to get rid them. Horry County has a budget of $495,000 for pest control, and it was running low. But on the other hand, local pest control companies business was booming.

Davis explained, "I would definitely say our phone was ringing off the hook, it was certainly very busy."

This year, Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said they're much more prepared.

Their current budget is nearly $20,000 higher. That covers aerial spraying, chemicals and 6,000 larvicide tablets distributed throughout the county, which is 2,000 more than last year.

As weather has been permitting, the extra funds will go to good use.

Since Monday, Horry County had 33 mosquito service requests. People are confirming they're feeling the bite from mosquitoes, too.

Michael Harrison, a vacationer from Florida said, "Ever since two days ago, we've been getting bit like crazy. I'd say around 10 to 12 times in the matter of 10 minutes."

The past weekend of heavy rain brought mosquitoes out to play - experts recommend to be prepared with some bug spray.

"Usually the back of my arms are sneaky so they get my elbow up around here." says Harrison.

As of Wednesday, mosquitoes aren't just flying to overgrown areas. Local pest control companies are getting calls from towns all over the county who need help. Their best advice is to get rid of any still-standing water around your home.

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