JONESVILLE — The Jonesville area will be sprayed again Monday evening as a precaution against the West Nile Virus.
On Monday, Aug. 28, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) informed Union County that a resident of the Jonesville area had been diagnosed with the West Nile Virus and recommended the county take a series of steps to reduce the chance the illness might spread.
One of those steps was spraying the area with to eliminate adult mosquitoes. The county did that on the evening of Aug. 28, having an area that stretched from just above Pineneedle Street to just below Maple Road and encompassing all of the Town of Jonesville and surrounding areas sprayed with an insecticide called Aqua-Reslin.
A little less than three weeks later, the county will again spray the Jonesville area this coming Monday (Sept. 18).
Union County Emergency Management Director Rob Fraim said that the spraying is being done as a precaution at the recommendation of DHEC.
“DHEC suggested we spray one more time as an added precaution,” Fraim said. “So we’ll be spraying in the Jonesville area again Monday. We’ll start in the center of town and work outward to a one-mile radius from the center.”
In addition to spraying for adult mosquitoes, Fraim said the contractor hired by the county will also put out a total of “100 larvacide briquettes” in the storm drains in the area to kill off any larva before they can become adult mosquitoes.”
Fraim said the contractor will begin placing the larvacide briquettes in the storm drains at 5 p.m. and will begin spraying around 8 p.m.
Aqua-Reslin will again be used, and while it is not harmful to human beings and most animals, Fraim said people and their pets should be inside while the spraying is going on.
Persons wanting more information may call Gregory Pest Solutions, the contractor handling the spraying at 1-800-922-2596.
According to the DHEC website (www.scdhec.gov/westnile/) West Nile Virus “is a disease transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding on infected birds.”
To learn more about West Nile virus go to www.scdhec.gov/westnile. To learn more about about preventing mosquito bites and the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses go to www.scdhec.gov/mosquitoes.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.