City of Ardmore works to treat, prevent mosquitoes

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - With the rainy spring this year, the city of Ardmore has been busy treating and preventing mosquitoes.

However, Jessica Scott, director of community development for the city, said it takes effort from the whole community to prevent mosquitoes.

"Complaints have started rolling in, Scott said. "The high grass is a great place for them, standing water, green pools. We're really busy going out and inspecting those complaints."

Scott said her department started early this year sending code enforcement out to address weeds and tall grass, which can protect mosquito eggs and larvae.

The city is also spraying to kills the pests at dusk, a peak activity time, and using mosquito dunks to treat bodies of water.

The city spray the southwest on Mondays, the northwest on Tuesdays and the northeast and southeast on Wednesdays.

Even with all these measures, city officials said they need your help.

"It's just really important that people take responsibility for their own property," Scott said. "Go out and check it. Make sure you don't have anything that holding water."

Pet bowls, tires, tubs and low spots in a yard can all hold water.

Mendy Spohn with the Carter County Health Dept. said it has not seen any mosquito borne illnesses this year.

"We usually see a lot of cases in a very hot, dry summer," Spohn said. "But that doesn't mean that in a really wet time, like we're in right now, isn't something you should think about it. You should always be mosquito aware."

Spohn said there are many ways to fight the bite.

‘Wear some long sleeves, use DEET, be aware of what’s in your back yard," Spohn said. "You don’t want that standing water. If you have mosquito netting, it’s smart to use that, especially for infants. If they’re out at the baseball game or whatever, you might have a little mosquito netting over their stroller or an area where they are.”

Scott said anyone can call the Ardmore Community Development office with any mosquito concerns or complaints at 580-223-3477.

"It's just one of those things," Scott said. "It's for public safety that we enforce it so much. We want Ardmore to be a healthy community."