West Nile Virus Season in South Carolina is NOW: Why You Should Be on the Look Out for Dead Birds

Author: Mosquito Squad of Sumter-Spartanburg

It has been a busy mosquito season in Sumter, Spartanburg and most of South Carolina. After a mild winter and very wet spring, the mosquitoes were able to stay alert, active, and multiply fast. Normally the season for West Nile Virus starts in late July, but it is already here this year! So, while you may consider Mosquito Squad to relieve the annoyance of mosquito bites, now is the time of year you should double your vigilance for the safety of your family and pets.

Report Dead Birds

Protecting your home and family is an important step against the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, but you can do more to help the entire community.

If you come across a dead American Crow, Fish Crow, Blue Jay, House Finch or House Sparrow, you need to report it to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as soon as possible.

How to Report Dead Birds to DHEC

From March to November you can submit dead birds to your Local Environmental Affairs office who will then send it off to Columbia for testing.

  • blue jayDo not submit roadkill
  • Only submit recently dead wild birds with no sign of physical trauma
  • Do not touch the bird with your bare hands
  • Use gloves
  • Bag the bird in doubled clear plastic zipper bags
  • Keep the bird cool until you can submit it – freeze it if you can’t submit it right away
  • Complete the DHEC Dead Bird Submission Form
  • Take the sheet and the dead bird to your local office
  • Your local office will notify you with the results; they usually take at least two weeks.

With your help, the state can keep track of the instances of West Nile virus to properly inform the public when to take extra mosquito protection measures.

If you’d like to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible, call our office today for a free mosquito control quote for your home and property.