Birmingham preps for mosquito season

Birmingham preps for mosquito season

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Birmingham residents may have already seen the mosquito control trucks. Source: WBRC video Birmingham residents may have already seen the mosquito control trucks. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Tuesday marks day two that mosquito trucks have made their way along the streets of Birmingham.

"They're bad. Mosquitoes are bad," Birmingham resident Barbara Pierce said.

She said she's grateful trucks are making their way by her house.

"The kids are out playing and you don't want mosquitoes to bite the kids and I like working outdoors, I like to sit outside. I like to do yard work and I don't want to be bit," she said.

The city trucks were out this time last year. Don Lupo with the mayor's office said the city wants to continue to take proactive steps in keeping mosquitoes to a minimum.

"We know that there's always a threat and the reason we start spraying early and the reason we spray on a regular basis and the reason we do even special sprays is to cut into that chance that one of our citizens might come in with West Nile," said Lupo.

So each night through August, four trucks will spray throughout Birmingham neighborhoods. And if you don't see them, Lupo said there's a reason.

"The pesticide that we put out to knock down the mosquito population doesn't work in the sunshine. It works much better at night," said Lupo.

There are some proactive tips you can take yourself:

-If you have any standing water, perhaps in a bucket or a kiddie pool, you should dump it out.

-If you live by a creek or pond there are donut like rings you can purchase at most stores that will repel the insects.

Lupo said if you have a problem area you can call 3-1-1 and an employee will come out and spray for you.

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