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Leon County sees increase in calls for mosquito control after days of heavy rainfall

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:53:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Recent rainy weather is causing a rise in our local mosquito population.

According to Leon County's stormwater superintendent, calls for mosquito management have nearly doubled over the last two weeks due to heavy rainfall in late June.

The county generally averages around 500 calls every two weeks but received 1,600 calls over their last reporting period.

Although some of their services are limited due to coronavirus, Glen Pourciau says his department is doing everything they can to keep the pests at bay.

"Because of the social distancing restrictions and our limitations on PPE's supplies, we've temporarily suspended the hand fogging program which is during the day," said Pourciau. "So at this point. we are primarily doing truck spraying at night but we've expanded it to six nights a week."

Pourciau says, due to the outbreak, they may even work seven days a week, weather permitting.

To prevent mosquitoes spread, experts recommend emptying any container that may hold water near your home every 48 hours.