Rain, warm weather mean mosquitoes on coast

October 29th, 2010

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Folks along South Carolina’s northern coast are swatting and itching more than usual this fall because the warm, wet weather has meant a spike in mosquitoes.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported the problem could linger through the middle of next month when the area generally gets its first freeze.

Officials in both Horry and Georgetown counties say they have been receiving a lot of complaints about the insects.South Carolina news State News in Brief COLUMBIA GOP gets approval to keep early primary

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Both the Senate campaigns of Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham are in the hunt for that most elusive of prey – the Democrat who plans to vote in the June 22 runoff.

There are 2.7 million registered Democratic voters in North Carolina, but only a little more than 100,000 are expected to choose the next Democratic Senate nominee. That’s about one out of every 27 registered Democrats.

Reaching such a small group of voters through mass medium like TV is like going after a mosquito with a shotgun. So the Democratic primary runoff campaign has been conducted through telephone lines, the U.S. mail and computer e-mails aimed at a select group of voters. In some ways, the race has marked a return to the sort of old-fashioned grass-roots politics of the pre-television age.

Horry County workers have been spraying six days a week and using two or three airplanes each night to battle mosquitoes.

They’ve also been spraying extensively in Georgetown County, where one official says the mosquitoes this fall are the worst in a decade.

Information from: The Sun News,

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