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Recent rain has cities waging new war on mosquitoes

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JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) -- With all the rain we've seen across East Texas, cities are being proactive and spraying for mosquitoes now. It's an effort to combat the West Nile virus.

Aerial spraying is happening on the streets of Jacksonville at least 3 times per week.

"It really takes just an inch or two of water for a mosquito to breed," Kelly Young, Vector Control Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville, said.

He says it's especially important after heavy rains to fight mosquitoes.

"In rains you get areas that are saturated with water. A ditch by the side of the road will start breeding mosquitoes," Young said.

He explains how last year was the second-worst year on record for West Nile virus cases, and a number of other mosquito-born diseases.

"We were a little worried at the beginning of this year that we might follow that same trend," Young said.

Jacksonville isn't the only place taking action. The City of Tyler contracts with NET Health to spray for the bugs--and they attack problem areas first.

"We've been tracking complaints and putting out chemicals and reducing water sites as much as possible, to keep the mosquito population under control,"Brenda Elrod, Environmental Health Director for NET Health, said.

NET Health is using a few different applications, including spraying between midnight and 5 a.m.

Health experts ask you to do your part: check gutters, old tires, or bird feeders. They say to dump even the smallest amount of standing water on your property.

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