Fighting Pesky Summer Pests

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

The welcomed summer rain often brings one draw back: mosquitoes.

Breeding in places that collect standing water, mosquitoes often interrupt our outdoor activity here in the south.

"It can be somewhat frantic out there; swatting mosquitoes here and there," says Rodney Lawrence, a Dothan resident.

"Yeah, I see a lot of them, but I don't know why," says Arrquanidas Carvetes, another Dothan resident.

But, Dothan environmentalists are trying to cut down on the amount of mosquitoes flying through the Wiregrass.

Leaders spend around $54,000 dollars a year, spraying in neighborhoods and along ditches.

"We have three trucks that go out every evening and spray," says Benard Ward, Environmental Services manager.

"I could use a cigar and get more smoke out of it, than what comes from that mosquito machine. We use to have one that was a fogging device and you had to stop your car. Of course, with this thing, unless the mosquitoes are flying across the road, they can just dodge the whole situation," says Johnny Hollomon, another resident of Dothan.

"I do see the mosquito man going around, especially in the evening time. You see the gas and everything, the actual insecticide coming out. It's kind of comforting to see that. Maybe the next morning when you wake up, you'll get a little bit of relief," adds Lawrence.

While a lot of the work you see being done to treat the mosquitoes happens in the streets, workers say the most important are in places like ditches.

They say they can spray there and get the mosquitoes before they fly.

But of course the city workers can't kill all the mosquitoes. So, you may want to keep the bug spray handy.


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