Skeeter Spraying

Residents in Taylor County say after the recent tropical weather, mosquitoes have taken over.

Billy Agner, a Taylor County resident, says, "Mosquitoes are rough. They are pretty bad. There is a lot of water in the woods and they have been breeding, so they're rough, as bad as I’ve ever seen them."

Thursday beginning at sunset planes will be flying over certain parts of Taylor County, areas considered to have the highest concentration of mosquitoes, something the county did in 2000.

Roy Woods, director of Emergency Management in Taylor County, says, "About four years ago in Taylor County when we had the first influx of West Nile in this area, there was one human case reported around the Madison County area. We had a number of horses affected and many died."

Woods says people in those spray zones will be exposed to small amounts of the chemical, but that small amount can kill bees and that of course will affect business for many.

Roy adds, "So I'm meeting with some people in our area to actually plot the location of honey bees in our area and try to document that so I can get that to flight operations with the Department of Agriculture."

Health officials say the chemicals released Thursday pose no risk of adverse health affects in humans, but if exposed at very high levels a person could experience nausea and dizziness.

Those who think they are experiencing these symptoms should contact their local Health Department.


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