CHARLESTON — Recent rains and warm weather have governments along the South Carolina coast sending up airplanes and helicopters to spray pesticide to kill mosquitoes.
Charleston County said it will begin spraying Wednesday morning, weather permitting. Spraying is already taking place in Beaufort and Horry counties.
The aerial spraying is meant to get mosquito larvae in standing water before they hatch. Rains over the past week have left plenty of pools and puddles along the coast.
The counties also send out trucks to spray along the ground to control the adult mosquito population.
Counties ask beekeepers, organic farmers and people sensitive to pesticides to contact them so they can be notified when spraying is going on nearby.