News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, June 12, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The rain is gone, but what it's left behind might be even more annoying.
Those downpours over the past week have created the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and over the next week, Richmond County Mosquito Control says we can expect to see and feel a lot more.
"Heavy rainfall is job security," said Mosquito Control Technician Jerry DeRamus. "It rains, mosquitoes [are] gonna hatch, we're gonna be needed, the public is gonna like us."
He has worked for Richmond County's Mosquito Control for six years and says he's already seeing it start.
"I usually run about five to seven phone calls a day. First part of this week, I was running 15 to 18 phone calls a day," DeRamus said.
They spent Wednesday night following up on those calls, hoping they won't have a record year like last year.
"We run an average of about 500 calls a year. Last year, we ran about 1,400," he explained.
DeRamus says over the next week, the area can expect to see a major hatching of mosquitoes all at once.
"That is the worst rain we've had in the six years that I've been here," DeRamus said. "Go ahead and prepare for it."
He says that preparation should include getting rid of all standing water.
"All it takes is five drops of standing water for a female mosquito to lay 150 eggs," he said.
He says buckets, children's toys, tarps, plastic furniture, air conditioning drips and more can all be a breeding spot for mosquitoes, but the worst is dirty swimming pools.
"A dirty swimming pool can produce about 800,000 mosquitoes in a season," he said.
After last week's rainfall, this season's numbers are going up. Now, Mosquito Control is asking you to do everything you can to get rid of them.
"You eliminate the water, you eliminate the breeding site, you eliminate the mosquito," DeRamus said.
They say early in the morning and late in the evening are the worst times for mosquitoes.
They are prepared for the increase in mosquitoes over the next week. They have someone out cleaning the storm drains during the day to make sure those are not a breeding ground.
If you are having mosquito problems, you can call Richmond County Mosquito Control at (706) 667-4241. It is an answering machine, but they will call back as soon as possible.