Lebanon Sprays For Mosquitos In Hopes Of Preventing West Nile
WILSON COUNTY, Tenn.- In one part of Middle Tennessee crews are working to prevent any chances of the West Nile virus appearing in the mid-state.
On Tuesday, the city of Lebanon sent out crews to spray for mosquitos. Robert Fulks said they're everywhere in his yard.
"We came out about two weeks ago and about eight of us were trying to get the garage cleaned out and they were so bad we had to go in the house," he said.
Now, with one of the largest outbreaks of West Nile Virus in the US there are more concerns than just getting bitten.
"My fear is I've heard a lot about the West Nile and there are kids around several kids, I don't want anybody to catch anything like that," said Fulks.
Three dozen homeowners have asked the city of Lebanon to spray. The city has compiled a list of places to spray. The equipment is ready and workers will hit the road Tuesday night at dusk.
"We've done this for the last three years, taking complaints, working hot spots and it's worked out pretty well for the city," said Lebanon Mayor Phillip Craighead.
The list includes city parks where Ray Weir says his 4 year old received several bites last weekend. Typically in Tennessee most human cases of West Nile happen in the months of August and September.
Residents can help the state track West Nile disease by reporting dead crows and blue jays to your local health department. Scientists detect the disease in these birds and they say it's the best way to know if the virus is active in a neighborhood.
This year the health department reports just 6 cases, but a state entomologist calls the risk high especially in Shelby County. That's close enough for homeowners who are tired of getting bitten in Middle Tennessee.