Mosquitoes are the pesky bugs that just don't seem to go away. Right now, there are a lot of mosquitoes on the South Plains. There are so many, that local businesses are completely selling out of insect repellant.
Residents are happy to have seen more than 7 inches of rain fall over the last several weeks. Mosquitoes are just as happy. Local stores are having a hard time keeping mosquito repellant on their store shelves. Eddie Owens with United Supermarkets says they are ordering at least twice as much repellant as normal. He says the popular item sells out quickly.
Meantime, the City of Lubbock is working to keep the bugs down to a minimum by spraying mosquito insecticide daily. The city's Vector Control Department sends five trucks out daily to spray various areas. Vector Control is responsible for the coverage of more than 500,000 acres within the city of Lubbock and Lubbock County.
"I have staff systematically going out and checking water sources, especially the permanent water sources, trying to catch the mosquitoes while they're still in the water so we can prevent them from actually even becoming adults," said Tim Segura, Vector Control Coordinator.
Vector Control has a special "Mosquito Hotline" where residents can call in and inform the department about locations with high mosquito populations. Segura estimates that he has had more than 700 calls into the hotline over the last two weeks.
For more information about the "Mosquito Hotline" visit: http://www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/city-cemetery/mosquito-information
For tips on how to avoid mosquitoes, visit: http://www.kcbd.com/story/25628199/after-recent-rains-time-to-brace-for-mosquitoes
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