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Mosquitoes on the rise in Southwest Georgia

Mosquitoes can carry different diseases harming both humans and animals (Source: WALB) Mosquitoes can carry different diseases harming both humans and animals (Source: WALB)
Adams Exterminator sprays for pests (Source: WALB) Adams Exterminator sprays for pests (Source: WALB)
Mosquito pest control product sold at Lowes Home Improvement (Source: WALB) Mosquito pest control product sold at Lowes Home Improvement (Source: WALB)
Bridges Sinyard, Vice President, Adams Exterminators (Source: WALB) Bridges Sinyard, Vice President, Adams Exterminators (Source: WALB)
Travis Phillips, Assistant Store Manager, Lowes (Source: WALB) Travis Phillips, Assistant Store Manager, Lowes (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Before you know it you are going to be swatting away mosquitoes again.

From the recent heavy rains combined with the spring heat, mosquito eggs will be hatching. 

It's been the perfect weather for those pesky bloodsuckers.

"We've had incredibly heavy rains and there is standing water everywhere. And with standing water is going to come more and more mosquitoes," said Bridges Sinyard, Vice President of Adams Exterminators.

Sinyard said mosquito populations are going to rise.

"Lots of eggs are going to be laid in those areas of stagnant water that is sitting around," explained Sinyard.

Sinyard said there is also one mosquito species that lays their eggs near the water.

"So it's creeks, rivers those levels rise and then those eggs get covered with water, they're going to begin to hatch as well," said Sinyard.

Sinyard recommends for homeowners working outside to wear long sleeves during the early morning and early evening hours to avoid getting bitten. 

And there are extermination services to get your yard treated or you can buy your own pest control products to protect your lawn. 

"Once we actually get done with the rain we see a lot more people coming in," said Travis Phillips, Assistant Store Manager for Lowes.

Between foggers and sprays, Phillips said the products are effective for those looking for a more affordable option.

"The main difference is these products last about 30 to 40 days where a professional might last you a lot longer," stated Phillips.

Phillips believes the home improvement store options are more family friendly.

"It's going to be a lot safer [sic] as you can use it while the dogs and your children are outside. Probably don't want to do it with the fogger, just until it clears up. But they're not as potent as you would say," said Phillips.

Sinyard said either home products or professional extermination is the best way to protect yourself from these fierce insects on the rise. 

"We're already seeing it now and it's going to get progressively worse over the next few weeks till some of this water has time to dry up," said Sinyard.

Sinyard also said mosquitoes can harm your pet. 

It's important dogs and cats are on a heartworm prevention medication so they don't get that disease.

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