“Infestation” in Madill?

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MADILL, Okla. -- One Marshall County family says they've done everything they can to fight off mosquitoes, but they keep coming back. Now they’re trying other remedies to make them go away.

Tassie Garrett says she has gotten rid of standing water and used deet-based repellents, but the mosquitoes still swarm around her and her family.

She says she's worried about West Nile Virus and wonders why the city isn't working to stop what she calls “an infestation.”

Tassie told us the mosquito problem at her house has gotten so serious she recently had to take her 8-month old son, M.J., to the hospital for several mosquito bites on the child’s arms, legs, and forehead.

She says she contacted the city of Madill and asked if crews would start spraying chemicals to keep the mosquitoes down, but officials from Marshall County say that the city has not sprayed for several years now because of negative health effects.

"I wanted them to spray…when I called, they said they couldn’t because people were allergic to it, and they don’t have the funds for it. They raised the sales tax. Where is that going?” says mother Tassie Garrett.

Calls made to Madill city officials were not immediately returned.


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  • by gailla Location: sherman on Jul 13, 2007 at 02:29 PM
    if people would worry about there self instead of others peoples buisness would be ok this is for comments not put downs and argument
  • by Glynna Location: Madill on Jul 13, 2007 at 01:41 PM
    I have a 2 year old and a new swing set locks on the back gates and we can not go out side and play. Because when he gets bit they swell up like a tennis ball and hebreaks out in a rash with bug repellant.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2007 at 12:56 PM
    well madill city manager needs to quit being a penny picker and do something. the bugs in madill this year are out of control
  • by Lizanne Location: Enos on Jul 13, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    Marshall cty officials need to the get crow out and pry open thier wallets and buy some bug spray. I for one would like to see some use come outa my Tax dollars.
  • by joann Location: kingston on Jul 13, 2007 at 06:12 AM
    it seems marshall county dont have the money to do anything. my yard is full of water too, due to the fact im in between 2 schools and they have most of their drainage comming right into my back yard. my yard is same way. cant go outside without getting bite. and i have killed 2 rattlesnakes allready, one killed my little dog and they also dont have any antivirun here and are making all these excuses , if you read the madill record that came out thussday. you will understand. we have no culberts in kingston for any kind of drainage.and they arent spraying either. where is taxpayer money going? for 2 people my water bill and serwer bill is usually between 2oo or 300 a month in summer when its not raining. we are being charged to the hilt but not getting any benefits from it. when i ask about it, they say they will work with me , but i have done everything i can, and havent seen any action from then so far. we need help in this comunity, where are our officials? thanks
  • by Debra Location: Oklahoma on Jul 13, 2007 at 06:12 AM
    That family should think twice before asking for spraying. They spray in my home town and it makes me, my mother and other people sick. The spray they are using is a known carcinogen. I contacted the OK State Health Department and they said the danger was minimal as long as the proper procedures were followed, but if you read the different articles on the internet, you get a different picture. And I see people here walking, mowing, and all kinds of other activities while they are spraying or immediately before and after. One website mentioned that some studies have suggested that children could get worse side effects than adults. I hate the spraying and I hate sitting in the house 2 times a week with the air conditioning off while I wait for it to settle.
  • by MR. X Location: TEXAS on Jul 12, 2007 at 07:49 PM
    CITY OF MADILL WAKE UP. THE PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN NEEDS YOUR HELP. HELP THEM, DON'T REFUSE THEM. THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE THERE FOR IS TO HELP. NOW DO YOUR JOB.
  • by Chuck Location: Madill on Jul 12, 2007 at 07:18 PM
    Some people will complain about anything, try cutting the grass in your yard and the open spaces around you. Mosguito bites are common in this area and you cant runn your child to the doctor for everything.
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