Property Maintenance Division
The Property Maintenance Division is responsible for maintaining the aesthetic appearance of landscaped areas to City building sites, gardens, parks, public-right-of-ways, street-scapes, traffic medians, walking trails and entry ways into the City. The division also manages the City's Litter and Mosquito Control Programs. The division maintains over 364 acres throughout 16 different parks, the grounds at 9 city buildings, 11 miles of Greeneway Trails, 64 miles of right of ways and over 2,700 subdivision trees.
The mosquito control program helps prevent the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as West Nile, Chikungunya and Zika viruses to the public. During the months of May through October 4, 2019, on Wednesday’s of each week during the hours of 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. various areas of the City are treated with an ultra-low volume of Permanone spray that is environmentally-friendly and used worldwide to help control mosquitoes. MORE »
To report a mosquito problem, please call 803-441-4240 or submit an online mosquito spray request.
Understanding the risks and preventing mosquitoes from breeding are the best and most practical means of keeping you and your family safe from mosquito-borne threats. Mosquito control must be a shared responsibility in order for abatement to be successful. There are some things you need to do around your own home or business to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate their breeding sites. Take a survey of your own property to identify and eliminate the source of the mosquitoes. Here are several examples of things you can look for. Keep in mind that any source of standing or stagnant water can be a potential breeding location.
- Repair leaky plumbing, outdoor faucets, sprinklers, and septic systems.
- Change water in birdbaths, wading pools, pet dishes, and plant drip trays at least once every 2 days.
- Dispose of any items that may hold water and serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. These include old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, and other containers that can hold water. If they must be stored make sure they are covered or turned over to where water cannot collect in them.
- Remove leaves and debris from rain gutters. The leaves hold water in the gutter and are a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubs well trimmed.
- Keep backyard swimming pools well cared for.
- Irrigate lawns carefully to prevent over watering which can cause water to stand for several days.
- Survey your property for areas that "hold" water and do not drain well.
- Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish.
- Remember that not all bodies of water are breeding ground for mosquitoes. Flowing creeks and waterways generally do not contain mosquito larvae.
Use larvicide in areas of standing water. Bacillus thuringiensis israelenis (Bti) is a biological larvicide control used to treat areas of standing water. It is used to eliminate the mosquito larva but will not kill the adult mosquito. Bti comes in tablets or "donut" shaped discs and is available at most home improvement or feed stores. Citizens may actively treat areas of stagnant water on their own property, not to include creeks and other protected waterways.
Defend Yourself, Use the 4 D’s
- DRAIN: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace. Standing water can be found in swimming pools that are not kept clean, ponds, pet watering dishes, birdbaths, potted plants, old tires, empty containers, toys and clogged rain gutters.
- DUSK/DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
- DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you're outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
The City’s litter crew picks up litter on 64 miles of right-of-ways along city, and state roads. Motorist and pedestrians are responsible for creating 30 to 50 percent of all litter. The rest comes from household or commercial garbage, construction sites, and uncovered trucks. During 2018 the litter crew removed 43.43 tons of litter from City right-of-ways. MORE »
The City is proud to be a Tree City U.S.A. and Arbor Day registered organization. The City’s trees are maintained by staffed certified Arborist and contractual crews. Some of the tree work includes routine maintenance, removals and replanting. MORE »
For information regarding proper home tree care please visit our Home Tree Care Flyer.