Mosquitoes a problem for Clarendon residents

by | October 31, 2016 5:27 pm

Manning Mayor Julia Nelson said Monday that the city has had two trucks spraying for mosquitoes throughout city limits every night.
The critters have been more abundant since Hurricane Matthew dropped more than 10 inches of rain on Clarendon County in early October. Clarendon County Administrator David Epperson said that the county has no plans to spray at this time.
To counter the nuisances, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control is offering residents tips to reduce breeding rounds and deal with the critters.
Or you can wait for a good cold snap to kill off the cold-blooded blood suckers.

Tips from DHEC include:
Check your property for any containers that could be holding rain or floodwater. It only takes as few as five days for water in containers as small as a bottle cap to become active breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Empty out any containers that are holding water (such as pool covers, boat covers, tires, pots, pet bowls, toys, etc.) and remove debris from gutters to help discourage a larger mosquito population from developing. Trim back thick shrubbery and overgrown grass on your property.

Remember to protect yourself when outdoors by wearing light-colored, long sleeves and pants. You might also want to wear insect repellant. The EPA has a web-based tool to help you find the proper insect repellent for your time spent outdoors:

For protection while indoors, repair any damaged or broken doors and screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings.

If you notice a significant increase in the mosquito population in your area, please contact your local city or county’s mosquito control program. If you live in a municipality that does not have a mosquito control program, you can contact a private operator to help you get control of a major mosquito problem.

For more information on mosquitoes and local mosquito control contact information in your area, please visit

comments » 11

  1. Comment by Tscharner H. Lord

    October 31, 2016 at 19:02

    Great job to the city of Manning for spraying! I really wish the county would spray also for us “Country” residents out near the lake.

  2. Comment by Dawayne Miles

    October 31, 2016 at 20:04

    So since we are out of the city limit we don’t get any trucks running to help with our mosquito issues. I have lived in this county my whole life and from the first job I had I have paid taxes, (State, property, and sales) and that doesnt make a difference. Not just myself but a lot more people in Clarendon do the same as myself and what do we get in return. Our roads are still a mess from the 1000 year flood, trees down everywhere, from Hurricane Matthew. So if we pay taxes in Clarendon County why don’t we get the same and I hope I don’t hear the county can’t afford it because if the town can get sprayed, and all they get we in the county should also.

  3. Comment by Jolene

    October 31, 2016 at 20:08

    The mosquitoes are real bad down here at the lake off of dingle pond, was hoping they were gonna spray like they did last year.

  4. Comment by Vi

    October 31, 2016 at 20:33

    They did spray off off exit 102 last night. I saw them at the camp grounds.
    Orangeburg County needs to spray all over the lakes area…you can’t walk outside at all without getting bombarded.

  5. Comment by Bessie McKnight

    October 31, 2016 at 21:55

    We are being eaten alive right across 95 on Paxville Hwy any way to fix this issue I am afraid to go outside and when I do get Bite in spite of deep wood spray Help please if you can Huge, aggressive mosquito !!Please help feels like a prisoner in my home..

  6. Comment by Johnna Nunnery

    November 1, 2016 at 10:19

    All the people in the Wyboo Point community are being bombarded by these things. Outside activities are nonexistent due to not even being able to check the mail without being attacked! It is sad that just because we are not located in the city limits the county refuses to make an effort to try to control this epidemic. With cooler weather coming there are still warmer afternoons that my family and I would like to be able to go outside to grill, play ball, or take walks but are unable to. Please start paying attention to all residents and tax payers of Clarendon County Mr. Epperson and make an effort to control this.

  7. Comment by Annonymous

    November 1, 2016 at 15:07

    The county doesn’t mind taking our taxes but they seem to forget we exist when there is a need.
    Mr. Epperson I suspect you probably live in the city therefore reaping the benefits while those of us in the county continue to suffer.
    You know what? The mosquitoes don’t know the difference between city and county limits therefore subjecting all to the epidemic. However, you do know the limits and refuse to do anything about it.

  8. Comment by Richard

    November 1, 2016 at 17:17

    The county needs to be sprayed!! Where are my tax dollars going?? Sounds like we need to elect someone new to address where tax dollars are being spent for county residents.

  9. Comment by Sylvia Whorton

    November 1, 2016 at 18:21

    We have a ditch (runoff)which was made by the county for the neighborhood. We now have large sitting
    pond where mosquitoes are eating us up. Please have someone to help us in Quail Ridges II – off Rickenbaker Road.
    Thanks!! We need help!!

  10. Comment by Anonymous

    November 1, 2016 at 20:47

    You would think that with a huge concern of viruses that they carry there would be a priority on spraying.

  11. Comment by Johnna Nunnery

    November 1, 2016 at 21:14

    I completely agree, just because we are County should not make a difference! Can we get some relief as well?!?! Something has to give

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