Dead bird

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The City of Columbia is scheduling mosquito spraying for targeted areas within city limits after a dead bird tested positive for West Nile Virus.

According to officials, spraying for adult mosquitoes will begin Saturday and end Sunday.

Spraying is usually conducted between midnight and dawn; however, it is possible for spraying to be conducted earlier depending on conditions.

Residents allergic to the products permethrin or tau-fluvalinate are asked to notify Vector Control staff by calling the City of Columbia Code Enforcement at 803-545-4229. All beekeepers also should call Code Enforcement to notify staff of their hives.

Residents are urged to take these preventive measures to reduce the threat of mosquitoes:

• Use, according to the label instructions, EPA registered insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus

• Clear drainage ditches of debris and weeds

• Empty and turn over outdoor containers holding water

• Eliminate overgrown grass, weeds, and shrubbery

• Pack tree holes with sand

• Clean clogged roof gutters

• Keep boats overturned, drained or covered (covers should not collect water)

• Stock ornamental ponds and water gardens with top-feeding minnows

• Properly maintain swimming pools

• Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and plant containers at least once a week

• Make sure there are screens on rain barrels and use the water as soon as possible.

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