Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
April 13, 2007
Valdosta -- Most people are swatting the mosquitoes that are swarming in for the summer. But a group of Valdosta State University students welcomes them with open arms and nets.
Each spring and summer, a dedicated group of students from Valdosta State University spend their late nights and early mornings hunting little pests most of us try to stay away from.
"We go out in the evening and set the traps and in the morning we come back in with the nets," said Lab Technician Ashley Patterson.
Special nets are set up in several locations throughout Lowndes County, designed to trap mosquitoes. "This battery powers a fan inside the PVC pipe which collects all the mosquito to this net here on top," says Mosquito MonitorMatt Cannister.
Once the nets are collected, they are taken back to the lab where technicians are eager to study their activity and growth. "We collect mosquitoes and identify them by species and keep track of the numbers of individual mosquitoes that come out," said VSU Biology Professor Mark Blackmore.
Their findings also help the City target areas where they're spraying services are needed most. "It allows me from the planning standpoint to target certain areas that have significant numbers," said Public Works Director John Whitehead.
And they test these disease carrying pests for viruses like West Nile. "What we are interested in is letting people know when conditions are favorable for the transmission of viruses to people so people can take precautions," said Blackmore.
So we can enjoy the outdoors until the winter returns and the mosquitoes swarm somewhere else.
With the cold and dry weather South Georgia has seen, the mosquito population is down. But they say that could soon change as the temperatures continue to heat up.