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Huntsville man says he's bugged by lack of county pest control

A Huntsville man said Madison County health officials never came to spray in his area. (Source: WAFF file) A Huntsville man said Madison County health officials never came to spray in his area. (Source: WAFF file)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

We have asked Madison County Health Department leaders how and when they determine who will receive a mosquito spraying service, after a concerned viewer said pest control hasn't visited his street all year, despite his constant phone calls to them.

Danny Tubberville said the Madison County Health Department never came out to his house in the Cross Street area this year to spray, and now mosquitoes are everywhere. The Huntsville man said he's reached out to health department officials, but nothing worked.

“They keep saying they've come down here and sprayed, but they just don't. They ain't been down here this year,” said Tubberville. “You sit in the hammock and you get eaten up by mosquitoes.”

We reached out to the Madison County Health Department and Vector Control. The supervisor did a GPSsearch of the trucks and confirmed trucks visited Tubberville's street six times this year. However, the supervisor did notice a problem during several visits to his street.

This is the response we were provided in full:

This area has been fogged a total of six times this season.

  • 6/4/14 10:06 p.m.
  • 6/19/14 8:43 p.m.
  • 7/3/14 9:08 p.m.
  • 7/23/14 8:50 p.m.
  • 8/8/14 8:37 p.m.
  • 8/21/14 9:16 p.m.

Since this is a dead end street, the fogging truck has to turn around and fog out. On several occasions, there were cars parked on both sides of the street on the very north end, so the truck had to turn around and start fogging a little farther south. This was verified using Google Earth where we can overlay our fogging missions.

If citizens are experiencing a mosquito problem right now, the mosquitoes are likely breeding in stagnant water nearby. Since the mosquitoes need stagnant water to breed, the best thing to do is dump out the water. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a teaspoon. If there are any items such as tires, flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, etc., that are holding water, the best thing to do is dump the water out. They are free to call our office at any time with questions or for advisement- (256) 532-1915.

The Madison County Health Department does have an interactive tool to check the last time crews visited your neighborhood.

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