The mosquito spraying program is well underway in Lowndes County, but despite these and other efforts, officials say everyone needs to protect themselves from mosquitoes while out enjoying the holiday weekend.
Paige Dukes, Lowndes County spokesperson, says, "We've all seen the info in the media regarding West Nile and triple E. We've had people in our own community who've been affected by those diseases, so it’s something that's come to south Georgia and it's something we need to be aware of, not scared of."
Officials say protecting yourself against these mosquitoes can be as easy as wearing a long sleeve shirt or using a mosquito spray.
There are some precautions if you're going to be using a spray repellant, the experts say your should avoid spraying the chemical in your eyes or lips. Local nurses say you should really make sure you cover any exposed skin; that way you'll have the best protection.
Sarina Mullis, a registered nurse, says, "It's fairly easy to stay protected, if you have on screening on their porch, they can still enjoy the evening. If they have any kind of long-sleeve clothing that's light, it will protect them from bites and any spray they can buy over the counter."
Simple steps can help you avoid those annoying mosquito bites and the possible health threats they pose.
If you need anti-mosquito larvacide in Lowndes County, you can get it for free by visiting the county Fire Department's Office on Madison Highway.