City water manager hopes to spark discussion on county-wide mosquito control

Craighead County-Wide Mosquito Spray
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BONO, AR (KAIT) - Here in Region 8, we all deal with it: running inside when dusk falls to avoid hordes of mosquitoes.

While some municipalities have their own mosquito control program, the city water manager of Bono wants to see the implementation of a county-wide program to help combat the problem.

Rick Thomas has worked with the City of Bono for 23 years.

Being surrounded by farmland, Thomas knows about mosquitoes all too well.

He said while the city sprays for mosquitoes, just like other towns in Craighead County, he feels more can be done.

"There are so many areas that have the problem with it, and they are containing it with county-wide programs in different areas. I don't see why it wouldn't work for us," Thomas said.

Thomas said he's spoken with other city and county leaders in the area about doing more to battle the issue. However, he said he knows it all comes down to money.

"Other people ask me about tourist availability here and mosquitoes are a problem with that," Thomas said. "If they can't have the night life, they're going to go somewhere that there's not."

County Judge Ed Hill said they have discussed the possibility of a county-wide program in the past but right now, they do not have one.

Thomas said if it all comes down to funding, he feels that a lot of Craighead County residents might consider a small, sales tax-based initiative to fund county-wide mosquito control.

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