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Dealing with summer pests: what you can do

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Recent rainfall has been an ideal environment for pests. Georgia already has its first case of West Nile Virus for 2013 and the number of cases are expected to grow throughout the summer.

The wet weather has always provided an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

2013's first case of West Nile Virus, a mosquito borne illness, was reported in Brantley County. Officials expect to see more.

"Normally the cases pick up in August and September. That's normally when the West Nile cases pick up," says James Davis with Dougherty County Environmental Health. He says now is the time to really be aware.

"West Nile is here. It's not going away.And in this region you have to protect yourself," warns Davis.

That means removing standing water and wearing repellant that contains deet. It's especially important for people with immune disease as well as the young and elderly to be extra cautious.

"We also had a couple of deaths due to West Nile infections," recalls Davis. Those were in Dougherty County. In all 6 of 99 West Nile cases statewide were fatal for 2012.

Ticks are also showing up more during the wet season. They can harbor Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.


"If you find a tick on you, you can remove it with a pair of tweezers," says Davis. "You can minimize your exposure."

Here's another tip on removing ticks: older methods like using nail polish or kerosene can actually spread bacteria and are not recommended. Experts say to also never twist the tick and avoid popping it.

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