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Warm temps push mosquito spraying further into November

The Lee County mosquito spray truck is tested, and for the next three evenings officials plan for it to roll across the county. The Lee County mosquito spray truck is tested, and for the next three evenings officials plan for it to roll across the county.
Officials are asking everyone to dump out all standing water, so mosquitos can't breed further. Officials are asking everyone to dump out all standing water, so mosquitos can't breed further.
"I've been here at Lee County for 12 years, and this is the first time we're still spraying toward the middle of November," said Lee County Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk. "I've been here at Lee County for 12 years, and this is the first time we're still spraying toward the middle of November," said Lee County Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Just weeks before Thanksgiving, South Georgians are still being plagued by mosquitoes.

Residents are still calling Dougherty and Lee County officials, complaining about mosquitoes. And they know the recent rains will bring them out in full force again.

The Lee County mosquito spray truck is tested, and for the next three evenings officials plan for it to roll across the county.

"I've been here at Lee County for 12 years, and this is the first time we're still spraying toward the middle of November," said Lee County Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk.

But public works officials said they have received lots of phone call complaints about mosquito issues, especially in the southern part of the county.

With all the standing water from the weekend's rain, and warmer weather, they know the biting insects will come out.

"Usually when the colder temperatures come the mosquitoes go dormant on us," said Sistrunk. "And they just haven't done that yet. And they never go away, they just go into stalemate mode for a little while. But they are rocking and rolling right now."

Dougherty County public works sprayed last week, and are still responding to complaining calls this week, much later than usual.

"It is. Usually we are winterizing our equipment, but we haven't done that yet. It's still ready to go," said Dougherty County Public Works Director Larry Cook.

The threat of illness from mosquito bites remains real, even in November.

"The areas we've identified have histories of west nile epidemics issues there, we'll send those in a lot quicker to those areas," explained Cook.

Officials are asking everyone to dump out all standing water, so mosquitos can't breed further.

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