Hoping to keep this year’s mosquito population at a minimum, Charleston County Mosquito Control began Friday using planes and helicopters to spray larvacide over standing water in the Lowcountry.

Larvacide is being applied by a fixed-wing plane and by two helicopters, said Donna Odom, superintendent of mosquito control for the county’s Public Works Department. They are flying between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily and sometimes fly very low to the ground, Odom said.

“The more larvaciding we do, the better off we’ll be,” she said.