Despite what you may think based on the growing number of itchy bumps on legs and arms, the mosquito population for Charleston County is down dramatically this year. According to Mark Hyatt of Charleston County Mosquito Control, a lack of rain and low tides have kept the critters at bay. Mosquito Control uses what are called “light traps†to determine the annual populations. Thirty-nine traps are located throughout the county. A 25-watt light bulb, operated at night, hangs over a fan that sucks the attracted mosquitoes into a jar where they are euthanized — sounds like a great summer science project. Here are the annual number of mosquitoes collected for the last five and a
half years: