More heat means less mosquitoes in Myrtle Beach

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — As South Carolina bakes in the heat, the news isn't all bad.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the high heat and humidity has swatted down the mosquito population on the state's north coast.

A week ago an Horry County storm water worker was bitten 17 times in one minute at Socastee High School. When workers went back this week, no mosquitoes were found.

Stormwater Manager Tom Garigan credits the heat and dry weather with taking a bite out of the mosquito population.

The county canceled aerial spraying scheduled for this week. It can cost $1 an acre to spray for mosquitoes and most flights typically cover 10,000 acres.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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