Jonesboro prepares for summer mosquito boom

Posted by Jessi Turnure

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "Everybody's getting eaten alive."

Mosquitoes suck up a lot of Tom Royals' time during the summer. He and other Vector Disease Control employees travel around Jonesboro, Paragould, Brookland and Wynne to rid the cities of these pests. "They have started picking up and we're sending our trucks out just about every night, weather permitting," Royals said. 

He said these later summer months are mosquitoes' favorite time of the year. "It's the crops that are grown here and they've got them in water. We'll get a lot of mosquitoes from that and July and August seems to be the worst. It's just, you know, it's hotter then and they come out when it's hot and they got a place to grow."

Royals said many mosquitoes hatch in residential areas. "We call those home grown mosquitoes. Basically, we like to tell people go around your house. If you have a bird bath, dump it out at least once a week because they'll grow in there. They'll grow in cans, tires, anything that holds water, dump it."

Royals recommended using mosquito repellant if you want to enjoy your time outside. "They hide out in bushes and trees during the day then come out at night. That's when they attack." 

However he said spraying is the best method to fight against these summer pests. "We'll never get rid of every mosquito. We're just trying to keep the numbers semi-tolerable."

Vector Disease Control Inc. will also make sure the community can enjoy the Fourth of July holiday outside.

"We're having a plane come in so we'll be able to cover the town by air, too."

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