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Spraying, treatment start in war on 'skeeters

Donell Mathis Donell Mathis

2014 may be one of the most difficult years ever for folks who try to keep mosquitos at bay.  With historic rainfalls, the aggravates insects have more places that ever to breed new generations of bloodsuckers.

The Environmental Control section of Dougherty County Public works is out now, trying to make standing water undesirable for the females to lay their eggs, and they're crisscrossing the county with poison-spraying trucks to control their numbers.

Donell Mathis was out Friday morning placing insecticide briquettes into standing water in places like Cora Jinks Lane and Estelle Street. Four sprayer trucks will be out again late this evening to broadcast aerosol chemicals.

Dougherty County Environmental Control Manager Donell Mathis said "Ok, we got some in the early stage.  Just hatched out maybe a day or so."

Mathis checks a water basin at Cora Jinks Lane in East Albany, and finds plenty of early stage mosquito larvae.  The rainy April has set the stage.

"More mosquitoes.  More mosquitoes that mean we going to have to be active and make sure we are doing everything we can do to combat the problems."

Health department officials say it's time for South Georgians to take action to protect themselves during mosquitoes' active times.

"Dawn and dusk.  Wear long sleeves and long pants when you are out at that time.  Use mosquito repellent.  Preferably with DEET," Southwest District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner said.   

Dougherty County started spraying to kill mosquitoes Thursday night, as soon as the rain ended and they will have four trucks spraying nightly to combat them.  They are also throwing out briquettes in standing water to keep larvae from hatching.  But they want your help around your home.

"Pour out any standing water around the home.  Bird bath, get rid of old tires. Kids toys, just anything holding water," Mathis said.

Mathis said these mosquitoes would be flying and biting in 8 days, but these treatments will stop them dead.  But all the standing water means there will still be many mosquitoes tormenting South Georgians soon.


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