Supervisors Look at Biting Problem

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

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Dr. Bev Norment of Mississippi State University told the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors that spraying for mosquitoes is not the most effective way of controlling the pests.

Board president Joe Norwood said apparently the county is not getting its money's worth with the spraying program.

"I think in '04 we probably spent $35,000 roughly in mosquito control," said Norwood. "And this year we're probably up to $11,000 or $12,000 and right now we're just considering all the facts that were gathered today and making sure that we're doing everything possible that we can to control mosquitoes."

The county will still do some spraying but it won't be the only method it employs.

"Spraying is one option, but I think that is after the fact. My opinion and the opinion that was rendered to us this morning is that spraying is just something to help us psychologically. It has no effect whatsoever on the control of mosquitoes," Norwood said.

Norwood said there is a better way, like making sure there are no containers in your yard that will hold standing water, the breeding ground for the insects.

An examination of a downtown alley showed several breeding grounds for mosquitoes, from a leaking air conditioning unit to a container that had collected rain water.

The county's time and money will possibly be concentrated in prevention this summer.

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