News 12 at 6 o' clock/ September 27, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga.-- Fall may be in the air, but it's still mosquito season. One man is paying a stiff price for contributing to the problem.
A Hephzibah man's dirty swimming pool is costing him 60 days behind bars. Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, "We're serious about this. The judge is serious about it, as you can tell."
Since January, Richmond County Mosquito Control has tried to get the landlord of the Hephzibah property, Andre England, to clean up the pool. But, the mosquito breeding ground is still there.
Koehle says, "This particular pool not being kept up has the potential to produce 1/2 million mosquitoes a season. "
But, that isn't the only pool causing problems and keeping mosquito control busy.
Koehle says, "We now have 240 something pools in the program. 190 have been corrected."
Koehle says mosquitos have been active this season thanks to all the rain. "It's been very busy this year, we're approaching 1800 complaints."
And that's up 300% from 2011, when they had 525 complaints for the entire season. But, no matter the number, they take complaints seriously, because mosquitoes have the potential to be deadly.
"It actually kills people at times. Last year we had a death over in Aiken Co. from West Nile virus," Koehle points out.
So far this year, there have been two cases of West Nile virus confirmed in our area. One case has been confirmed in Richmond County and one in Columbia County. Mosquito season still has about a month left to go.
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW) -- A Hephzibah man was sentenced to two months behind bars for not cleaning up his pool.
For more than two years, Richmond County Mosquito Control asked Andre England to clean up his pool or to fill it with dirt to prevent mosquito breeding.
On Thursday England was sentenced to two months in jail for not complying.