Dougherty Co. public works crews spray for mosquitoes

Waging war on mosquitoes

DOUGHERTY CO., Ga. (WALB) - People are combating the pesky mosquitoes that have returned for the summer time.

Dougherty County public works crews have been spraying across the Albany-Dougherty area for a few weeks now and will continue spraying throughout the summer.

Donell Mathis, Environmental Control Manager, Dougherty Co. Public Works (Source: WALB)
Donell Mathis, Environmental Control Manager, Dougherty Co. Public Works (Source: WALB)

Environmental Control Manager for Dougherty County public works, Donell Mathis, said they have four trucks in operation five nights a week.

They spray an effective pesticide that has a low odor at dusk between 7 p.m. and midnight, when mosquitoes are more active.

Mosquitoes being examined (Source: CDC)
Mosquitoes being examined (Source: CDC)

Mathis said his job is to protect people in the county as much as possible.

“If they see us out spraying to try to go inside or prepare themselves to go inside for about 15 minutes. Allow us an opportunity to spray their area that is very, very affected,” explained Mathis.

Experts say the best time to avoid mosquitoes is in the afternoon, when temperatures are hottest and the insects rest in cooler spots.

Mathis searches for mosquitoes in swampy area (Source: WALB)
Mathis searches for mosquitoes in swampy area (Source: WALB)

The pests can carry a number of diseases like West Nile virus and malaria.

While we haven’t had rain recently, you still want to check your home for areas of standing water.

Some areas to check include buckets, bird baths, water bowls for pets and even children’s toys.

“It is very important to do that investigation, that inspection on kids’ toys and turn them upside down so they don’t hold any water,” said Mathis.

You can also wear long sleeve shirts and pants to protect yourself.

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