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Those darn mosquitoes!

September 8, 2006

Albany - In addition to the annoyance factor of mosquitoes, they can also be dangerous, spreading diseases like West Nile. There have been three confirmed cases of the virus here in Dougherty County, one resulting in death.

"They're very bad here," says John Glover.  He likes to keep up appearances, the appearance of his yard, at least. He spends a lot of time out there. "Probably three hours a day when I do mowing." Preferably in the morning, before it gets too hot.

Glover says, "You shouldn't be out, unless you're fully dressed." Fully dressed to avoid the pests like pesky mosquitoes.  "Spray down the skeeters and have the right clothing on."

He's been listening to the warnings about keeping mosquitoes away.  He says, "Keep the water poured out like the man said from the mosquito department."

Johnny Oliver also spends a lot of time outside, nine to five everyday for 31 years. Being in lawn care, you're outside "All the time," says Oliver. Which makes him prone to being attacked by mosquitoes.

"Well, I break out in bumps," he says. But he doesn't want to break out with a virus. "It's kind of scary isn't it?" "Yes it is." "Especially for your business, right?" "Oh yeah."

He wears long pants to protect his legs, and as for the rest of him, "I use mosquito spray." To keep the bugs away. Because some days they are really bad.  He says, "I have a lot of problems with them when they are suddenly around."

But they're not going to shut his business down.  John Glover says they're not going to send him packing either. Is it going to stop you from working in your yard? "No. Not now. I'm going to keep on keeping on." By keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

The elderly and those with chronic illnesses are most at risk for getting sick from West Nile.

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