The dreaded mosquito season is in full force in Mississippi. Many are fearing everything from the West Nile Virus to Zika.
So, what are cities and citizens doing to protect themselves? The sounds of mosquito repellant spray will now echo across the state as people try to fight off the biting, annoying insects, but that's just one of many precautions to stay safe.
“They are very annoying and the bites last forever,” said Jackson resident Chelsea Aldred.
“As the summer time sets in, it is time for mosquitoes," said Mosquito Control company owner Chris Kimmel. "We had a mild winter and all this combination coming together to make for a heavier mosquito population.”
Kimmel owns Mosquito Control LLC and said his phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting the outside of their homes and yards sprayed to avoid being bitten.
“We like to sit outside on the deck and we don't want to be runoff by mosquitoes,” said a Jackson Resident.
Another fear mounting among residents is contracting the dreaded Zika Virus. Currently there is no vaccine or cure.
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health Currently, local transmission of Zika has not occurred in the United States. The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which has not been detected in Mississippi since the mid-eighties.
“There have not been any cases in the United States that someone contracted from the United States. Everyone has come from outside, but anytime you talk about a disease that can affect a small child especially inside a pregnant mother, people naturally get concerned,” said Kimmel.
Residents said to keep themselves safe they also started removing all standing water, bagging up trash around their homes and keeping a close eye on what's swarming around them this season.
“Mosquitoes can tear you up,” said a Jackson Resident.
The City of Ridgeland has also started spraying to combat mosquitoes seven days a week throughout the town.
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