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Mosquitoes expected to invade Southwest Georgia

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The mosquito population in Southwest Georgia is expected to significantly increase over the next couple of weeks. All the recent rainfall is a factor in the jump.

Last year, Dougherty County saw 13 cases of the West Nile virus and 1 death. While this newest influx of mosquitoes isn't expected to bring the virus' primary carriers, it is still a cause for concern.

"The west nile virus is here to stay, because the mosquitoes that are positive, carry over from winter to the next year," said Dougherty County Public Works Environmental Control Manager Donnell Mathis. "In fact, birds that do come into the area have the west nile virus that mosquitoes feed off."

Public Works will be spraying insecticide 5 days a week, 4 times a day to combat the insects. In the meantime, they advice to avoid or clean the following areas where they are prevalent: bird baths, flower pot trays, clogged roof gutters, abandoned pools, old tire yards and wheel barrows.

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