Notification And Registration For No-spray Zones

       

Parts of South Carolina and Horry County will be sprayed with insecticides for the purpose of controlling mosquitoes and the public health risk posed by diseases that may be carried by those mosquitoes. The mosquito control program will include ground as well as aerial applications.  Adult mosquitoes will be targeted as well as immatures in the water.  You are encouraged to get a better idea of what exactly will be taking place and to get information about what you personally can do to minimize inadvertent bee kills and pesticide free organic crops.

Beekeepers and Organic Farmers

Beekeepers and organic farmers may wish to avoid the insecticides used with adult mosquito control. Problems may arise if these insecticides come into contact with honey bees, as honey bees are susceptible to many insecticides. In fact, pesticides are a major cause of honey bee deaths.  Horry County has chosen to grant courtesy no-spray requests to organic farmers as well by not fogging within approximately 100 ft of the approved location. To let us know about your honey bee population or organic farm so we may help to protect it during our mosquito spray program, please fill out and submit the form at the bottom of this page. The county will require a copy of your licensing and you will be given consideration by the County to the extent feasible and practicable.

Below is a map of registered bee colony locations, which will be avoided during spray operations.


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Public awareness of the importance of honey bees is growing.  Besides providing the beeswax, honey, propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly that are the basis for countless businesses, honey bees are essential for producing a substantial portion of our agricultural crops.  As pollinators, honey bees are unsurpassed in their service to farmers producing fruits and vegetables such as apples, cucumbers, squash, melons, blueberries, pears, etc.  In the past twelve years, however, the number of managed and feral (wild) honey bee colonies in the U.S. and in South Carolina has been dramatically reduced.  A series of introduced pests have eliminated about 1/3 of the managed colonies and almost all feral colonies. Without a large and steady supply of bee colonies, commercial growers would not be able to produce these crops, and their businesses would fail.

Citizens with special needs

Some citizens do not wish to have adult mosquito control. Individuals with special medical problems possibly attributed to insecticide exposure can obtain a physician’s written opinion acknowledging pesticide sensitivity, and such people will be given consideration by Horry County to the extent feasible and practicable. Most people having health-related concerns over insecticide exposures can satisfactorily minimize their concerns by paying attention to the fogging schedule and following common sense measures such as temporarily leaving the fogging area; closing doors, windows, and vents in the house; etc. However, given the safety of the EPA-registered insecticides used and how the products are applied with extremely minimal human health risk, the vast majority will not need to take special precautions. Check the scroll bar at the top of the page for current chemical spray anouncments.

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