Dougherty Co. begins spraying for mosquitoes this week

Dougherty Co. begins spraying for mosquitoes this week
Spraying for mosquitoes (Source: WALB)
Spraying for mosquitoes (Source: WALB)

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Those tiny, blood-sucking, annoying little bugs that we all hate are back!

But the mosquitoes are going to have a hard time surviving as Dougherty County workers are doing their part to reduce the number of mosquitoes, by testing and treating the water for mosquitoes and their larva, before they become adults.

Environmental Control Manager Donell Mathis says they're trying to be proactive rather than reactive… especially with the recent heavy rains we've seen.

"We're getting a few high numbers. Not overbearing, but high enough to where we should start spraying soon," Mathis said.

He said you should start seeing them out spraying as early as Wednesday, and everyone should be mindful of the chemicals when they do spray.

"If they see us in the area spraying for mosquitoes, go inside. Allow us an opportunity to be effective in that area. They can go inside for 10 to 15 minutes. Let us come through and spray, let the spray dissipate and knock down all of the mosquitoes in the area and then they can come back out and enjoy the evening," he said.

Mathis added that they're spraying because of the weather leaving standing water, as well as the complaints into their office.

If you see an influx in your neighborhood and near your home, you should call Dougherty Mosquito Control at 430-6120.

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