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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County leaders consider more drastic options in their battle against mosquitoes.

County officials are talking with FEMA about possible solutions to the mosquito population that exploded after spring flooding. FEMA may pay for aerial application of mosquito repellant in the county to hit some of those hard to reach areas of standing water. Now... county leaders are weighing the pros and cons.

"It seems like a simple solution we just fly over and kill all of the mosquitoes, unfortunately when you spray for mosquitoes you kill other things beside mosquitoes in some cases and so we want to look at the impact that may have on the eco-system in Albany, Dougherty County," said Albany-Dougherty EMA Director Chief James Carswell.

The county is also still examining the cost of aerial spraying. Officials say because the ground is saturated and the water table is high, it could take some time before pools of standing water and mosquito breeding grounds dry up.

Public health declared a health emergency in 23 south Georgia counties because of the danger from so many mosquitoes.

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