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Free mosquito fighting supplies for Walnut Ridge residents

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) -

Walnut Ridge residents can get a head start on fighting mosquitos.

The city is giving away free mosquito fighting supplies to Walnut Ridge residents.

All you have to do is go to city hall and show your Walnut Ridge water bill to receive the supplies, which includes the chemicals and equipment as well as instructions on how to use them.

“The water bill shows us they do live in Walnut Ridge,” Snapp said. “The water bill is where the city collects the mosquito treatment fund.”

Mayor Charles Snapp said they're going to start distributing to 500 homes with hopes to expand the program throughout the summer.

“If we get 500 signed up, we're willing to do another 500,” Snapp said. “Anytime we can get the people involved in spot treating their own yards where they enjoy the time out, it also benefits the whole neighborhood.”

Snapp said the treatment is no miracle worker, but it will address mosquito larvae as well as adult mosquitoes.

Residents will only be allowed to pick up the chemicals every 60 days based on their water bill.

I also spoke with Dan Mullen, chairman of the mosquito control committee, and he said the chemicals are non-selective, which means it kills all bugs.

He advises residents to not spray it on flowers or near water supplies for pets.

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