Statement as issued Thursday by the city of Bluffton:
Mayor Ted Ellis has announced that the City of Bluffton will be applying mosquito larvaecide in storm sewers over the next few days. The product to be used is Altosid.
There are about 2,000 storm sewers and will be mobilizing about 20 city employees and 15 city vehicles so that the project can be completed within a week.
The larvaecide is in the form of pellets about half an inch and half square. They will be dropped into storm sewers where water is standing. They are effective for 150 days, which should last to the end of the season. When applied in this manner, it is not harmful to humans or animals.
In addition to the city¹s storm drains and retention ponds, there are other areas which have extensive drainage systems: Fairview and Elm Grove Cemeteries, Franklin Electric, Christian Care and the campuses of Lancaster and Bluffton-Harrison Schools. Representatives of each of those entities are being furnished enough larvaecide to treat those areas.
Street crews will also be spraying for mosquitoes beginning next week.