Mosquito control continues
by Courtney Stevens
Aug 08, 2013 | 2677 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleaning up the community and discussing the death of a Bolivar County resident due to West Nile were at the top of the list for Wednesday’s Mosquito and Litter Committee at the Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.

Will Hooker, Bolivar County administrator and guest of the committee, discussed the results of getting in touch with the owner of the D & L Building in order to get the building and surrounding land cleaned up.

"The committee brought us up to speed with some concerns of this being a public nuisance. I was asked to inform the supervisors," said Hooker.

Upon informing the board of supervisors, the board made a unanimous decision to contact the Mississippi State Department of Health to evaluate the site from a neutral point of view.

"They have visited the site and I know pictures have been taken. The next step is to contact the owner once the evaluation is done," said Hooker.

The committee then moved to the discussion of controlling the mosquito population with Bill Alexander and Bern Prewitt, coordinators of the mosquito program.

"We're diligently spraying," said Prewitt.

The committee discussed not running the trucks on Sunday and having flown twice this year when populations rose.

"We run six nights a week, with three or four trucks," explained Alexander.

Alexander discussed that closed in carports are an ideal habitat for mosquitoes because it is cool and the sprays can't get in.

"All they (residents) have to do is let us know," said Alexander about spraying around the community in particular areas.

When the reports of West Nile cases were discussed, Alexander and Prewitt said they would continue to spray and welcome any residents to contact Advanced Mosquito Control about particular problem areas.

The committee then discussed removing limbs and trash from streets.

"The city is looking good," said Ray Bell, director of Cleveland Public Works.

"We take care of everything now but household trash," said Bell.

Bell explained that there are specific routes that are run throughout the city each day in order to clean up each area.

"We try to get everyone serviced," said Bell.

Bell explained that if there is a limb that poses a safety threat, residents should call Public Works to have those limbs removed.

Each call will be documented and the rubbish cleaned up within a week.

The committee also discussed trees that were being butchered by electric companies, causing a community eyesore.

Bell mentioned that there was an attempt to have legislature pass a law that no tree back be planted on the same side of the street as power lines, in hopes that this will no long be a problem.

To make any requests about problem areas involving mosquitoes call Advanced Mosquito Control at (662) 843-6161 and for reports of rubbish call Cleveland Public Works at (662) 843-5365.