By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - In response to the recent flooding, Richland County plans to spray for mosquitoes from the air this week.

Officials say the county plans to treat more than 100,000 acres beginning at dusk Tuesday, weather permitting. The aerial application also is scheduled for Wednesday night.

The flooding caused a surge in the mosquito population. Authorities say Texas has used aerial applications in recent years to stem outbreaks of West Nile Virus.

Beekeepers should cover their hives during the application of the Dibrom. However, officials say residents don’t need to take any special precautions otherwise.

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