Mosquito control already spraying to eliminate any risk of viruses

Mosquito control already spraying to eliminate any risk of viruses

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Two of the most dreaded viruses from mosquitoes are Zika and West Nile.
And mosquito control is working to keep the bugs at bay.

"We've already started spraying in the evenings and answering customer service requests," said Fred Koehle, program manager for Richmond County Mosquito Control. "We're ramped up and ready to go, we're just waiting for them to show up."

Which they are sure to do.
A single case of Zika virus was reported in the local area last summer and two cases of West Nile virus came out of Richmond County in 2015.
Female mosquitoes can lay thousands of eggs from one blood meal and there is only one way to stop them.

"Every time we deny a female a place to lay eggs, we're reducing the mosquito population and the opportunity for them to pass on a disease."

The spread of infectious disease isn't easy to predict.

"Nine times out of 10, we don't know about it until after it's here," he said. "And when that happens, we usually find out from our epidemiologist and we will go into action."

They do not have to fight the insects alone. We can help by cleaning up our property a little bit.
Eliminate any place water can stagnate, including a place you may not have thought about.

"I don't know what people are keeping tires for," he said. "You have a vehicle, it's got four tires on it, and they've got five piled up in the driveway. Why?"

If we tidy-up our yards, then there will not be anything to worry about.
If only it were that easy.

"People will guarantee me a job as long as I want to work because they are just not going to take care of their places."

Another mosquito fun fact? A single bottle cap can house up to 150 mosquito eggs.

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