Mosquito dumps available at Columbus Health Dept.

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     Mosquito dumps, small tablets dumped into small bodies of standing water that attack the breeding pests at the larval stage, are available for Columbus County residents at the Columbus County Board of Health.

     Director Kim Smith said a supply of the mosquito control tablets are available free of charge at the department’s Environmental Health Section, located inside the health department at 304 Jefferson Street in Whiteville.

     “I want to stress to keep these out of reach of children,” Smith said. “They are small, and a child could mistake these for candy. They are poison.”

     Smith said the pesticide dumps are being distributed as part of the county’s response to Hurricane Florence, which dumped tons of water, much of it still standing and serving as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, a real public health hazard.