ABERDEEN, Miss. (WCBI)-As temperatures continue to warm up, the population of mosquitoes continue to grow especially among areas of standing water.
“Mosquitoes love to be around nasty murky water and this is nasty murky water,” says Derrell Price.
Long-time Aberdeen resident Derrell Price, is worried the effects of the summer heat combined with drainage ditches may cause health hazards.
Many Aberdeen residents are concerned about the drainage ditches that run through many neighborhoods as well as the General Young Park where many kids come and play.
“Vegetation that’s growing in this drainage ditch is causing our sewage water to not flow properly through here and it’s creating a haven for mosquito,” says Price.
Along with the vegetation, the trash build up that aligns the ditches creates more of a problem than most residents know.
“We’ve got beer bottles, items from our restaurants in here such as cups, bags and all that McDonald’s, Sonic, Wendy’s all in here and it’s the people that live in this community that’s really dumping all the garbage in the sewage ditch,” says Price.
The Chief Administrative Officer for the City of West Point, Randy Jones, says mosquitoes that carry diseases come from drainage ditches like the ones in Derrell’s neighborhood.
“The particular type of mosquitoes that we’re worried about with the West Nile Virus come from very stagnant type of water. You don’t find it generally in your puddle even though it may be standing in the street or on the side of a house or something like that unless there is a lot of stagnation decomposition of leaves, trash, and animal waste,” says Randy Jones.
Many towns are using sprays or pellets to control and prevent an outbreak of mosquitoes. Jones says the city of West Point is out working hard so residents can enjoy the outdoors.
“We’ve already got on board all of our mosquito spray and we’re already starting to spray seven days a week. We spray until the early evening hours until dusk to early evening hours in the city. We also have an agent called Larvaside; which for the pool areas where you don’t have any direct control of the mosquitoes–you can just put it in the water and it takes care of the larva,” says Jones.
As you spend time outdoors with your family this summer, be sure to use insect repellent. You can also wear long sleeves and pants or consider staying indoors during these hours.
Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.