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Trumann, AR--Ron Smiley reports

Officials in Trumann Try and Take the Bite Out of Mosquitoes

April 13, 2005--Posted 5:00 pm CDT

 

Trumann, AR--Mosquito season has almost arrived and one Region 8 community is biting back.  The city of Trumann does not contract out their mosquito work; instead city employees take on the duties.

 

“It’s a bear, we have one person doing the spraying and one person doing the larvaciding…we use fishing equipment and cheap labor.”  Public Works Director Bill Matthews says.   The plan seems to be working.  Residents say the town has no more mosquitoes then the next town.  Even better the cities mosquito control costs just six dollars per household.

 

Right now Trumann officials say they are busy preparing for summer.  They won’t begin spraying for another couple of months, but there is still plenty to do according to workers.  This week they are spending most of their time focusing on unstopping drainage ditches.  They’ve also declared war on standing water near or around homes.  Things like bird baths and old tires are notorious breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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