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City encourages citizens to take protective measures against mosquitoes
Posted: August 25, 2017

The City of Columbia’s Code Enforcement Division continues to work closely with Richland County Vector Control to track mosquito activity and take preventative measures to reduce the mosquito population.
 
We are actively spraying and working to reduce breeding sites. Please help us by taking the precautions below:  
 
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting.
  • Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure. Wear long sleeves and long pants if you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time.
  • Exposure to mosquitoes is most common at night and during the early morning. Some species bite during the day, especially in wooded or other shaded areas. Avoid exposure during these times and in these areas.
  • Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.
 
For more information, visit our webpage for more information.  
 
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