July 14, 2010
If you think you've noticed an increase in mosquitoes recently, you're probably right. Hot and rainy weather has caused an infestation across Kansas. Now, one local community is fighting the bite by spraying the entire city. Crews will be out in Hutchinson late each night, and early each morning this week, hoping to cut down the problem.
In Hutchinson, mosquitoes are the talk of the town.
"I walked out last night and you're just covered, you cannot go outside without insect repellent on, there's no way," said Hutchinson resident Melynn Cannon.
"We used to sit out on our patio and just have a nice evening. And we couldn't sit out there last night or this week at all, because it's just been so miserable," said Hutchinson resident Linda Belden.
Mosquitoes are out in full force this summer, and experts say they're a product of water and heat.
"Yes, they are thick in the city right now, from the rains from the previous weeks," said City of Hutchinson Building Official Bob Fairbanks, who is in charge of spraying the city.
So crews are spraying the entire city of Hutchinson. City leaders say it will help, but it won't solve the problem.
"A droplet of that spray has to hit a mosquito to kill it," said Fairbanks.
So, the city has also treated all public, and some private standing water.
"People ask, whether or not there's something that can be done. What we're intending on doing is trying to let people know there's things you can do yourself," said Bob Hickman, with the Reno County Health Department.
So the Health Department is urging people to take their own precautions, such as getting rid of stagnant water, and wearing bug spray. Those are things some residents say they have no choice but to do this year.
"People are just worried because you can't even walk out in your yard without getting covered," said Cannon.
"They'll attack you, they're just like monsters!" said Belden.
Hutchinson city leaders say it will take about a week to spray the entire city.