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City fights mosquito population as it continues to rise

Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 at 6:44 PM CDT
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City installs pump to allow water to flow away from mosquito breeding ground (Source: KAIT)
City installs pump to allow water to flow away from mosquito breeding ground (Source: KAIT)
Ditch drying out after water is forced to flow into city's sewer system (Source: KAIT)
Ditch drying out after water is forced to flow into city's sewer system (Source: KAIT)

BONO, AR (KAIT) - Bono city officials are working diligently to fight the mosquito population in town.

"We realize that we have an ongoing mosquito issue, it's a fact of life living in this part of the world," said Mayor Danny Shaw.

Though residents are used to the pests, the problem has become bigger in recent weeks.

Shaw said crews have drained ditches of standing water and doubled up on spraying.

"We've stepped up our spraying," Shaw said. "We usually do it twice a week but right now, we are doing it every night."

On a more permanent basis, the city put in a drain at a nearby City Water and Light building.

"Water drains from a pump here at the CWL building that always leaves water in this ditch," said Shaw of a ditch located along Highway 63 that has become one of the largest breeding grounds for mosquitoes. "We put this drain in so that the water will now run into our sewer system. This will be a problem we won't have to deal with anymore after this."

Since the city installed the drain, the ditch has started drying out.

Shaw also encourages every resident to remove any standing water in their yards.

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