Greenville Mosquito Program a Success

MOSQUITOSPRAY PICAn ordinance passed at the beginning of the summer by the city of Greenville was extremely successful in its first year.

Fears over the Zika virus spreading to the United States caused many major cities to begin spraying pesticides in hopes of killing the mosquitoes that spread the disease. Greenville city officials hoped to avoid the costs and potential harm of the pesticides by getting ahead of the pests and killing them before they became a problem.

Greenville Public Works teamed up with Greenville City Police to destroy the breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

“Anything that’ll catch water and it stand stagnant can breed mosquitoes,” says Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram.

Sargent Danny Bond takes a few hours out of his work day to patrol the Greenville streets and check properties for mosquito breeding places. These could be buckets, water bowls left out for pets, even something as small as a bottle cap filled with water can house thousands of mosquitoes.

“For example, a quantity of tires,” Ingram adds. “You know, tires, they need to be covered up or another option is for the owner of the businesses, he can spray the tires. And that then eliminates all those tires from being mosquito breeding ground when water gets inside them.”

The idea is that if the mosquitoes can’t breed, the spread of Zika will be greatly reduced.

“You know, we won’t kill all the mosquitoes, of course not,” says Ingram. “But we can certainly do our job to try to reduce the mosquito population in Greenville Alabama.”

If any officer finds mosquito larvae or potential breeding places on your property, you will be asked to clean the area. Failure to follow instructions in a timely manner will result in the police writing a citation to the property owners, and the owners could possibly be fined.

Public Works has noticed a decline in the mosquito population. City officials hope to continue with the program next summer.

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