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New tools help keep mosquitoes at bay

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April 14, 2008

Dougherty County -- Reducing the number of mosquitoes in Dougherty County is an ongoing battle. "We here in Dougherty County run our sprayers pretty often to keep the mosquito population down," said Environmental Control Manager, Donnell Mathis.

But so far this year it seems like the mosquitoes are winning. "When it's real warm, they are real bad. As soon as you pull up or come out the house they are on you. They are bad," said Ida Bogan.

"Actually starting out we did have a problem because we received more water in the beginning of the year than we normally get this time of year in the past three years," said Mathis.

As a result Environmental Protection have been spraying seven days a week. "We are working to knock off the population of mosquitoes. Equine Encephalomyelitis, dengue fever, during mosquito spraying you reduce disease," said Mathis.

Soon they will have a new truck and sprayer to add to their fleet. The oldest truck and sprayer will be sold to Worth County for twenty-five hundred dollars. This transaction will also help Dougherty County.

"If Worth county doesn't have a good program it can effect Dougherty County because we are only a street away. So what's over in Worth County does come over to Dougherty County," said Mathis.

But regardless of the tools used, residents still need to rid their properties of standing water. "A lot of times we can do a lot, but if we are not getting support from the community than what we are doing is just a temporary fix," said Mathis.

Or the mosquito population will never be low. Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful will also hold a community tire pick-up this Saturday to help reduce the mosquito population.

The free tire pick-up will be held for residents from 9:00AM to 4:00 PM on April 19th. You will be able to drop tires off at:

Holly Dr. / Radium Springs Rd.

Clark Ave. / Maple St.

Jefferson St. / Newton Rd.

Third Ave. / Slappey Blvd.

Dougherty County Landfill -- 900 Gaissert Rd.

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