Male Mosquitoes Just Misunderstood

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It's National Mosquito Awareness Week and Charleston County employees are out educating the public on ways to eliminate the blood-sucking menace (not to be mistook for that other blood-sucking menace, Count Chocula, who actually sort of looks like a mosquito).

Not only will we be learning how to get rid of the bugs, in the tradition of "knowing thy enemy," we'll be learning things about mosquitoes that we didn't really care to know.

Did you know that only the female mosquito bites? Did you know that South Carolina has native fish that eat mosquito larvae? Charleston County Government's Mosquito Control Division employees are teaching the public about these and many others facts …

Sorry, but I'm not going to be looking for the mosquito's lady parts before I smack it into oblivion.

Charleston County Mosquito Control wants to use Mosquito Week as a time to educate citizens about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers. Each year, Charleston County Mosquito Control treats over 90,000 acres by aircraft and 500,000 acres through ground spraying.

The public can help by flushing water out of birdbaths and pet dishes with a garden hose. Keep anything that has potential to hold water, like toys, buckets, cans and bottles, turned over and emptied.

To request service or to get information on Charleston County Mosquito Control activities, call (843) 202-7880. For information on educational programs and presentations available from Charleston County Mosquito Control, call (843) 202-7886. Visit the American Mosquito Control Association's Web site at www.mosquito.org for information on various mosquito-related subjects such as home mosquito control methods, repellents and mosquito biology.

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