Keep mosquitoes at bay with these tips

Summer may be over, but mosquito populations are still high in the Upstate. I urge you to take commonsense precautions to help keep you and your family members safe from these biting flies.

Remember, bug bites can do more than itch; sometimes, they can lead to serious diseases or even death.

In S.C., the most common diseases potentially carried by mosquitoes include West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis and Saint Louis Encephalitis.

S.C. is home to the mosquito species that carry the Zika virus, but Zika virus has not been detected in any S.C. mosquitoes to date. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is now mapping the presence and abundance of those potential Zika-vector mosquitoes throughout the state.

For more information about the mosquito survey or on mosquito control methods around the house, click here.

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