Keeping mosquito population in check

Keeping mosquito population in check
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Rain has hit Alabama every day this week leaving standing water and giving pesky mosquitoes the perfect spot to start laying eggs.

Yolanda Jenkins loves to take her family to Vaughn Park in Montgomery, but mosquitoes interrupt their fun.

"They are just more annoying. For the most part you don't notice them until they have already bit you," Jenkins said.

With the start of mosquito season, Valerie Gibson is taking no chances.

"I travel with my bug spay and sunscreen. We have a summer bag," Gibson said.

Melissa Littlepage thinks about the areas around her home where she can eliminate any possible breeding sites.

"We do like to set up a baby pool, which is probably the main thing, we have to make sure we empty it everyday," said Littlepage.

When it comes to protecting yourself you can remember the 4 D's:

  • Deet - Use insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Dress - Dress in long sleeves and long pants while outside.
  • Dusk and Dawn - Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.
  • Drain - Drain old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

City leaders are working to keep the mosquito population in check.

"We are spraying for mosquitoes on every street in the city of Montgomery every week," said Montgomery Director of City Services, Chris Conway.

Conway said there is a program to get rid of adult mosquitoes and mosquito larva. The trucks that spay for adults deploy at sunset and continue until the route is complete for that day.

Conway said drivers for the spraying trucks undergo specific training to ensure everyone's safety.

"Mosquitoes resistance changes so our attack and our game plan changes season to season," said Conway.

When it rains these trucks do not deploy and the route is rescheduled. If you know of a public area where there is standing water you can call 311 to request the city check it out.

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