Mosquitoes out in force after recent rains

Mosquitoes out in force after recent rains


The recent rainfall in Region 8 has caused a lot of problems with flooding, but that is not the only problem we are seeing.

With all of the standing water the amount of mosquitoes outside is up.

With the large amounts of rain that we have received here in Region 8 this past week it has left a lot of standing water in areas, which has led to an increase in the mosquito population and we are just getting into the busiest months of the year.

Tom Royals with Vector Disease Control Inc. in Jonesboro said, "July and August are our worst two months out of the season."

Royals said now that we are seeing drier weather all of the mosquitoes will start to come out of the woodwork and because of that you will be seeing more of their chemical trucks around town.

Royals said, "We have our night drivers go out of course and spray from about dusk til' maybe twelve-thirty, one-o-clock, but we're talking about maybe adding another run in about 4 o' clock in the morning for a couple hours until the sun comes up."

And the plans don't stop at just using trucks to spray and get rid of the bugs, Vector plans on bringing a plane into Jonesboro to spray in order to help kill the pests between now and the 4th of July.

Even with the extra weight being pulled by Vector, Royals said that it is going to take awhile to get the number of mosquitoes back down to a normal number and that it may take up to 2 to 3 weeks.

Luckily, while you are waiting for the mosquito population to go down at home, there are a few things you can do to keep the bugs out of your house.

Royals said, "Walk around, check your yard, change water in bird baths.  You know, a lot of these mosquitoes you can grow at your house if you have a lot of vegetation they like to hide in there."

And beyond doing all of that you can add lemon grass, marigolds, and citronella around your home to keep the bugs away, and use a bug zapper around in case some get inside.

Royals suggested that you stay inside, but did have a message for those who decide to venture out into the night. "If you're determined to go out at night, you're probably going to want to invest in a little insect repellent of some sort."

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