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June 7, 2005

Lowndes County - Mosquitos have invaded South Georgia and with all the warm, wet weather we've seen lately, they're bound to get worse. But John Peoples has the cure to your mosquito blues. "You're not only killing the mosquitoes, you're interrupting their breeding cycle," said Peoples.

It's called homeland defense. These misting devices that give off an insecticide known as pyrethrum are installed around a home and create a barrier against mosquitos. "It does two things, one it acts as a repellent, but for the mosquitos it has direct contact with, its immediately fatal to them," said Peoples.

The insecticide is only toxic to insects and is safe for people, plants and animals. "It doesn't stain or leave a residue, and it decomposes in about 48 hours," said Peoples.

Home use of the system is relatively new, but similar devices have been used for agriculture purposes for years. "These systems have been around for 40 to 50 years, mainly in the livestock and dairy industries so we know they work and they're safe," said Peoples.

But the system doesn't come cheap. They start at $2,000 and go up depending on the size of the area you want covered. "We can cover as much or as little as needed, the idea is to cover the bare minimum to be effective without putting out too much chemical and costing too much for the homeowner," said Peoples.

Despite the high cost, Peoples says its worth the money to protect your family, especially since mosquitos in Lowndes County recently tested positive for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. "It allows you to enjoy your back yard for one thing, why spend all the money on your landscape and the features of your yard if you can't be outside to enjoy them," said Peoples.

And for those willing to pay the price, dealing with these disease carrying pests will be one less thing to worry about.

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