TEGA CAY, SC (WBTV) - Tega Cay officials say they are planning to spray for mosquitoes after a confirmed case of travel-related Zika was found in York County over the weekend. But the city is also issuing a warning about what you need to do before and during the spraying.
The spraying comes at the recommendation of the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control.
According to city officials, a contractor will spray in portions of the city Thursday night for mosquito control
"This is just as a precaution as SCDHEC has confirmed the person that was infected with the Zika virus was infected while traveling abroad," city officials said Thursday morning.
A spray truck will be driving the following streets beginning at 9 p.m.:
- Tega Cay Dr. from Cove Lane to the cul-de-sac at the end of Tega Cay Dr.
- Marina Dr.
- Chelsea Day Lane
- Coventry Ct.
- Cambridge Ct.
- Mariners Ct.
- Windward Dr,
- Anchorage Lane
- Harbor Ct.
- Regatta Ct.
- Topsail Circle
- Point Clear Dr. to Triton Dr.
- Triton Dr. to Pitcairn Park.
"If you live on one of these streets, please remove any children's toys from your front yards, keep your pets inside or, at a minimum in the back yard," city officials warned. "And remove any water bowls/containers from the front yards until tomorrow. The material being sprayed is not an aerosol but we are asking that you take these extra precautions."
Officials say if you are normally out walking, biking, or jogging on these streets during this time to plan being done before 9 p.m.
The spraying should only take about an hour, according to city officials.
If you have any questions about the spray or spraying process, please contact the York County Office of Emergency Management at (803) 326- 2300.
Below are more tips from city officials on additional precautions to prevent mosquito bites and eliminating conditions that are favorable for mosquitoes in their own yards:
- Using insect repellents.
- Ensuring screens are placed over windows.
- Wearing long-sleeves and pants or permethrin-treated clothes.
- Emptying any items that can hold water both inside and outside dwellings at least once a week. These items include tires, buckets, toys, trash containers and water bowls for pets.