According to a recent press release from the Emergency Management Department of Chesterfield County South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), "A case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse was recently reported to Chesterfield County in the Hunts Mill area." Chesterfield County hired Gregory Pest Solutions, through the state term mosquito control contract to perform emergency mosquito control treatment to aid in the protection of public health.
Gregory Pest Solutions has performed emergency mosquito services in the Union County SC and the Rock Hill SC area, as both places had confirmed human cases of West Nile virus. Gregory treated the designated area at on September 27, 2017, from 8:30 pm till 9:45 pm in the Hunts Mill Road area of Chesterfield County when the species of mosquitoes that carry this virus are most active. Treating the area at dusk also helps protect pollinators as they are most active during the day. Gregory’s Director of Operations and Board Certified Entomologist, Larry Motes, has determined the course of treatment to be an Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) application. ULV produces tiny droplets of product to specifically target the mosquitoes that fly through the air, but because the droplets are so small, they will not harm other, larger organisms. This product does not leave residue behind that could harm pets, crops, or pollinators. The second course of treatment will include a larvicide material placed in storm drains and ditches that will target the larval stage of mosquitoes as they mature in the water. With this treatment process, you will be better protected from being bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito.
To aid in public education, representatives from Gregory Pest Solutions went door to door to share information on mosquito control and prevention efforts that can be taken by community members.