"Obviously as the season wears on and it gets cooler the chances are going to decrease until next Spring when things warm back up," said Liz Hager, deputy director of the Beaufort County Mosquito Control Department.
Fewer hours of sunlight also slows the breeding of mosquitoes.
So far this year, Beaufort County has been able to avoid the virus that was first confirmed in the state in a dead blue jay in August.
The virus has since been confirmed in birds, mosquitoes, horses and humans in 15 South Carolina counties.
said mosquito activity usually becomes limited once temperatures dip below 62 degrees.
"The eggs and the larvae won't develop as fast but they will develop or they can stay in the same stage for months," she
said."É The cold won't kill them unless we have a hard freeze for several weeks." Hager
said Beaufort County's mosquito season usually stretches nine months and can last until January.
"We still have had to spray some for adult mosquitoes when we have a warm spell but generally we are pretty much slow down and rehab our equipment and overhaul things by January," she
said."É We've had to spray on Christmas before."
But despite the slowdown, Hager
said Beaufort County is in the clear yet as far as the West Nile virus. She
said county officials still have some mosquito samples that have been sent to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control for testing.Officials are waiting for those test results.
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