Police cracking down on cleanup to prevent mosquitoes

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BAY, AR (KAIT) - One police department is hoping they can lessen the effects of the upcoming mosquito season by strongly enforcing the town's cleanup ordinance.

The Bay Police Department is cracking down on cleanup violations as the temperatures begin to rise.

"It's summertime, the grass is now growing, and the biggest complaint is mosquitoes," Sergeant Keith Milam with the Bay Police Department said. "Trash and junk in your yard and yards that are overgrown are a breeding place for mosquitoes."

One of the biggest problems officers see is broken down vehicles, according to Sgt. Milam.

He said the ordinance states vehicles must have four wheels and be licensed and insured to sit in front of a house.

They also see quite a bit of trash or used appliances left in yards.

"Refrigerators and stoves that people tend to move out and leave on their front yard and then another big one is swimming pools," Milam said. "Last year's swimming pool that never got taken down and the water never got replaced, nobody wants to see that, nobody wants to smell that, and nobody wants the mosquitoes from it."

Last year, officers began issuing warnings to let people know that they needed to fix a problem.

Residents then had seven days to clean it up before getting a citation.

Milam said this year they are being stricter.

"Any residence that has previously been warned will now receive a citation this year," he said.

The Bay city-wide cleanup is scheduled to end Friday.

Citizens can place limbs and large items by the road for city workers to pick up.

If it needs to be extended to encourage cleanup efforts, Milam said they could do that.

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