West Nile mosquito found in DeKalb Co.

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Video: West Nile Mosquito Found in DeKalb Co.

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ATLANTA -- Mosquitoes have invaded metro Atlanta and the biggest worry is West Nile Virus.

Health officials say the first mosquito infected with the disease has just been reported in DeKalb County, but so far nobody has been infected.

Resource Guide: How To Protect Yourself From West Nile

The vigilance continues as heat and rain are making metro Atlanta the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Forget big lakes, ponds and creeks, all it takes is standing water in a small bottle cap to produce hundreds of mosquitoes.

And that means all out war by health officials, mosquito control companies and homeowners to get the jump on the mosquito invasion.

"I just get demolished by the mosquitoes every summer. I get eaten alive just walking to the mailbox or sitting on the front porch," said Angie Brandenburg, an Atlanta homeowner.

"I've been in the business since 2005 and this is the worst mosquito year I have ever seen," said Jay Webb, of Mosquito Nix, an Atlanta based Mosquito Control Company.

DeKalb County and others throughout the state are now on constant patrol to rid storm drains and standing water pools as breeding grounds for the virus carrying mosquitoes.

Homeowners are joining the fight

They are bringing in companies that spray vegetation and install mosquito control system while also doing their own part.

"Most of our mosquito population does not travel very far so if you have them in your yard, you are probably breeding them in your yard, and it is those small containers that you really need to stay on top of," said Juanette Willis of the DeKalb County Board of Health (Georgia).

"You've got play buckets, sand buckets, old tires that are laying around, and rain barrels that collect rain on top of them. Anything that holds water you want to make sure that you are going by almost every day and just dumping that water out," Webb added.

"We actually found these tablets at the hardware store that help kill mosquitoes in standing water like this," Brandenburg added.

Is all of this working?

"We are standing outside right now and nobody is getting bitten. Without the spraying, I would be swatting, slapping and scratching," Brandenburg added.

So far the mosquito population has met its match but the season has a long way to go.

 

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