Mosquito Control steps up in Harrison County

The first West Nile Virus death of the year in our state is now on record causing concern especially after mosquitoes in one area of Harrison County recently tested positive for the virus.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson shows us what local professionals are doing to decrease the dangers associated with mosquitoes here on the Coast.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to one of the biggest killers in the world: mosquito bites result in more than one million deaths a year. Harrison County Mosquito Control Director Gene Fayard said, “Anywhere from West Nile, Zika, encephalitis, chikungunya, different diseases that they host.”
A Mississippi resident died from the West Nile Virus Monday, marking the first Mississippian to die from the mosquito borne illness in 2017. So far, the Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed 19 cases of the virus and just last month Harrison County Mosquito Control trapped an insect that tested positive for West Nile Virus in D’Iberville. “Every county in Mississippi has positive mosquitoes. The human cases are rare right now still, but it’s that time of the year,” said Fayard.
Summer is the time of year when the Harrison County Mosquito Control drives up their efforts of trying to keep the mosquito population down on the Coast, part of their work is spraying designated areas with pesticide. “When you see the truck coming, if you could, go inside. When you hear the truck coming go inside because if we see people outside we’re going to turn it off,” said Fayard.
Crews also find out where mosquitoes are multiplying. Mosquito control has various traps set up throughout the county. Once mosquitoes are collected, the crew sends them to Jackson to be tested for diseases. “The mosquito is really the deadliest animal in the world. Because of malaria, it’s killed more people than any other animal combined,” said Fayard.
To better protect yourself against mosquitoes, professionals suggest wearing light colored clothing, staying covered up and if you are going to show some skin don’t go anywhere without bug spray. Mosquito repellent should be at least 25 percent deet.

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