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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's that time again for a yearly battle against an opponent that  Donell Mathis loves taking on.  

"We're geared up and ready to go," he said.

County workers will soon begin rolling out the mosquito spraying trucks - driving through neighborhoods in Albany and Dougherty County - leaving a trail of pesticide behind. 

But this spring, Dougherty County's Environmental Control Manager isn't having to put up much of a fight.

"This year we seem not to have as many mosquitoes at this particular time when last year we were spraying at full force," said Mathis.

Cool weather and little rainfall have created not so ideal conditions for mosquitoes.

"The temperature has been below 58 (degrees) during the morning so in that case, they're staying down for right now," said Mathis.

But it's just a matter of time before the conditions are right for the bite happy bugs to come out. And some of them already have.

"We're not really finding many in the holding ponds. But what we're finding is basically in the canals where a little bit of stagnated water is standing, not so much of the large area, is where we find the mosquito," he said.

Some reports are already coming in of mosquitoes in buckets, bird baths, and tires. And that's a reason enough to get the spraying effort underway starting Monday.

"We will be out in force with four trucks in operation fives nights a week, seven nights a week if need be, until we can get them under control."

It's a fight that's taken seriously because of the potentially deadly West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne illnesses.

And getting an early start is a good step in prevention.

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