Wet Summer Causes Warren County To Deploy More Mosquito Spray

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

WARREN COUNTY, Ky (WBKO) - This summer's above average rainfall has filled streams to the brim and water has been left sitting in unfamiliar areas. Now, mosquitoes that lie beneath the waters are concerning residents.

"The kinda humid weather they have really been bad. We have been getting a lot of calls. We average 10 to 12 calls a day," says Jerry Young, supervisor for the Warren County Road Department.

The department sprays mosquito mist for the City of Bowling Green and Warren County. In recent years, West Nile Virus has been an issue. The Barren River Area Health Department reports no human cases in Kentucky this year, but Warren County isn't taking any chances. They are spraying the worst areas at least 2 to 3 times a week.

"We try to do it after dark around dusk in the morning. It gets a better kill I think and people are not out as much," says Young.

Stagnate and still water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. That's why county officials are taking additional action after every rain storm.

"Our storm water maintenance crew, if we can get a right of entry onto private property to drain a spot we will do that," says Director of Public Works, Mac Yowell.

Crews are also out making sure culverts are free of water and debris. Health officials hope homeowners will do the same.

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