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Mosquito season bites Tennessee Valley early this year

If early conditions are a preview of what's to come, experts say we could be in for a long mosquito season.
Mosquito experts help in the fight against the bite_80865744

It’s mosquito season in The Valley. The annoying insects swarm in the midst of the heat and humidity.

Both Madison County and Decatur’s mosquito experts say this is the earliest they have started with their treatments. If this early trend continues, we could be in for a worse mosquito season than last year.

Local mosquito repellent companies are already getting house calls for the pesky insect.

Jimmy Ray Smith, lives in Decatur and hopes to find a solution to his mosquito problem. He says, “You see a grandchild and or anyone that’s been bit, it’s a nuisance.”

An unusually early start to the mosquito season has homeowners in Decatur, such as Smith, calling their mosquito guys a month or two sooner than expected. That way he can continue to enjoy his outdoor living space.

Smith says, “That’s what I hope for, keep them at bay a little bit. Keep them off of us just enough to enjoy some afternoons.”

The game plan for mosquito sprayers is to aim where the tiny bugs live; in the shrubs, trees and near water sources. But this work is only half the battle. Homeowners have to help if they want to win the fight against the bite.

Brandon Vassar, from Superior Mosquito Defense, says, “[Homeowners] can dump out planters, they can dump out any kinds of child’s toys that retains water. Look for a water standing in kayaks or canoes. Anywhere where water would pool, they would want to remove that or dump it prior to our next treatment.”

All it takes is about a water cap full of water to breed mosquitoes. Just because there’s no water doesn’t mean there are no mosquito eggs. Vassar says eggs can lay dormant in dry conditions.

Smith says, “I didn’t think about them laying dormant until a little bit of rain or a little bit of water comes in and they’re back breeding again in a few days.”

Both Decatur and Madison County health officials say they will target popular places where mosquitoes and people hangout together. But if you think there’s a place they are missing and could use more control, you can give them a call to investigate. Their numbers are: 

Decatur: 256-341-4740

Madison County: 256-532-1916