Mosquito problem larger this summer than last

Posted by Jessi Turnure

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After the rain this week, one local pest control company said the mosquitoes are out in full force.

"July and August are the absolute worst two months there is," Tom Royals with Vector Disease Control said.

But Royals said the pests are even worse now than this time last year. "They're all over town, but typically the south part of town gets hit pretty hard."

Royals attributed this to last year's drought, saying it not only dried up the crops, but also the mosquito population.

Region 8 spoke with the community who agreed with Royals.

"The little bitty mosquitoes and the big mosquitoes, they'll bite the fool out of you," Leachville resident Eddie Bolar said. 
Bolar spent the day at the park with his wife and grandson, keeping an eye out for one of summer's most present pests. 

"I've seen at times when they've just been bit all over. You couldn't stay after them good enough. It's just been so hot and humid lately. They're gonna be here," Bolar said.  

"The phone's been ringing off the hook. we have a lot of people calling saying they're being eaten alive by mosquitoes," Royals said. 

Royals and Bolar agreed community members can still enjoy their time outside. 

"Try not to get in the bushes or anything where the mosquitoes will eat you up. I try to stay out in the open. Of course, when you get into those dark places that's where the mosquitoes are," Bolar said. 

"Have some sort of repellent on if you are determined to go outside," Royals said.  

"Water emptied out, all the containers and everything. I just try not to have a puddle of water laying any where," Bolar said.

But both agreed it is difficult to escape the mosquito's bite. 

"We're fighting them during the day and at night so it's an ongoing battle," Royals said. 

"I just don't think anybody any where is gonna discontinue mosquitoes. They're here," Bolar said.

Royals said the mosquito problem should die down in about four to six weeks when farmers harvest the rest of their crops.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed, maybe four to six weeks. If we can make it through this month, I think we've got it made."

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