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Mosquitoes invade South Georgia

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

July 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Yesterday brought more than just heavy rain to South Georgia. Take a look around your yard. You may find a few unwanted pests flying around. Mosquitoes. They land on our skin, take a bite, and leave behind red, itchy bumps. But they're more than just a nuisance. They're a health risk.

David Reed, the General Manager for Adam's Exterminator here in Albany explains the risks. "For humans of course the West Nile Virus, which there have been many cases of this past year. Also in your pets they can cause heartworms."

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Albany resident Joy Button knows this. She does her best to keep her yard safe for her grandchild Flint, and her two dogs.

Joy says, "We do try to keep all containers turned over, except the dog's water which we try to change everyday."

Even the smallest bit of standing water can attract mosquitoes. If you see buckets or other objects in your yard holding water, dump them out.

Dougherty County Public Works was busy today due to yesterdays rain. They searched the city, checking standing water for mosquito larvae. And sure enough, they found some. But they can only do so much. If you have areas of your yard that flood easily, they have a suggestion.

"Just take some sand and cover those areas up, so it won't hold water," says Donnell Mathis says.

So remember, protect your loved ones and your pets. If you see standing water, get rid of it.