DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The warm weather and rain we have had recently has made it the perfect recipe for mosquito breeding grounds. Dougherty County Public Works have been working around the clock to ensure your home and backyard aren't taken over by the pesky bugs.
Director of the mosquito spraying program, Donnell Mathis, says use insect repellent with DEET, especially at dawn and dusk,
Make sure you throw out standing water in plant pots, tires and birdbaths as well roof gutters. During the last few weeks Dougherty County officials have had a flood of phone calls regarding the little pesky bugs.
Mathis says they have been treating several neighborhoods all over the county. They have set out briquettes in standing water to kill larvae, spraying areas prone to developing breeding grounds and are re-checking areas they have visited previously to ensure mosquitoes aren't coming back.
"West Nile virus still exists, it will be around for a long time. But what we have to do is be proactive, make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent being bit by mosquitoes. And, we want to make sure [residents] are doing what we are asking them to do, to try to combat this problem together," Mathis said.
This week we are getting a break from the rainfall, we expect temperatures to reach the upper 90s. Dougherty County Public Works will be back out again in neighborhoods spraying.
If you are outdoors between 7 p.m. abd 11 p.m., make sure you wear long sleeve shirts and jeans. This is when mosquitoes are most active, and the extra layers will help keep some of them at bay.