AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Hot weather is here, and Richmond County health officials are reminding residents to take some steps to control the number of mosquitoes in their area.
"More mosquitoes means greater risk of mosquito-borne viruses," explained Fred Koehle, Richmond County Mosquito Control Program Manager.
"To avoid having large populations of mosquitoes breeding near their homes, people should conduct weekly clean-up of their properties to get rid of any standing water," Koehle said. "Now is also the time to check screens and other areas where mosquitoes could get inside."
The Richmond County Mosquito Program, along with Southeastern Natural Science Academy conducts year-round surveillance for mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a newly-emerging mosquito virus called Chikungunya and others.
Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism, health officials said. More than one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit diseases that animals are susceptible to.
If you have questions on how to reduce the mosquito population where you live, you can call Mosquito Control at 311 or 706-821-2300 or go to www.ecphd.com to request an inspection.