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Homeowners can help stem tide of mosquitoes

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Teams are out in Madison County spraying for mosquitoes. Teams are out in Madison County spraying for mosquitoes.

Madison County is asking for help as our recent hotter, wet weather brings a summertime plague of mosquitoes.

Madison County mosquito sprayer Carl Hale has been making the rounds of the Greenlawn subdivision, offering mosquito relief and sympathy. "When they get started in the damp weather, they really breed," Hale said. "Year before last, we had a lot of rain. And they were bad. I know from experience at my house."

As the summer biting season has begun, so has spraying in populated subdivisions of rural Madison County, especially in low-lying areas where moisture has or soon will be bringing mosquitoes in droves.

That's where Hale and Madison County want help. They are urging homeowners to attack scattered mini-bodies of water such as puddles, pails, old tires, or anything that can fill with water and give the bugs somewhere to breed.

Trucks spray chemicals to make the mosquitoes sterile. The chemicals are supposed to be harmless to people and pets. The rise of the insects this season has already brought a wave of calls to the county, according to Hale.

"They call and say, ‘We've got a lot of mosquitoes. We need spray.' They'll get the home address and I'll go spray them. I've had to do those kinds of crisis calls a lot."

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