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Rainfall Adding More Work To Mosquito Control Teams

Last updated on Monday, May 30, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The April and May rains are pushing city and county mosquito control teams into action.

The Marion County Public Health Department has already started spraying for mosquitoes about two weeks earlier than normal.

Jason Widner, Senior Team Leader for the department's mosquito control says over the last few weeks, the amount of mosquitoes has skyrocketed thanks to the recent heavy rainfall.

Marion County, one of only two counties that has a year-round mosquito control program, has an annual budget of $1.2 million dollars for mosquito control.

That's compared with Hendricks County which only has a budget of $3,000 to $5,000 or the city of Franklin, whose budget is around $9,500.

In Franklin, crews are sent out four times per week to spray for mosquitoes and Street Commissioner Steve Compton says they also had to start about 2-3 weeks early.

Hendricks and Johnson Counties provide Larvacide for mosquitoes but they do not spray for adult mosquitoes.

Johnson County in the past has contracted with Marion County to help with spot treatment of mosquitoes.

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