War On Mosquitoes

Decatur – Rain, standing water and heat.  Perfect breeding weather for mosquitoes.

Our rainy weather in recent weeks has left water in flower pots, old tires, toys and unused swimming pools.  Mosquitoes not only give us itchy bites, they transmit diseases like the West Nile virus.

“With all of these rains I don't think people realize how it accumulates in their yard just day to day,” Jackie Evans-Moser of the Macon Mosquito Abatement District told WAND's Doug Wolfe. “People need to really remember to wear repellent and to drain everything the can and to stay in the house from dusk to dawn.”

West Nile was identified in a batch tested by the mosquito abatement district in May.  In 2014, the first positive batch did not show up until July.

“Someone with West Nile did pass away a couple of years ago,” said Brandi Binkley of the Macon County Health Department.  “People think mosquitoes aren't a big deal and sometimes they're not.  But they can be very serious.”

For more information on mosquitoes go to maconmosquito.org.

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