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      Forget Cicadas, another pesky pest takes over Georgia

      Donnell Mathis says this is the first time in three years that he has found an abundance of mosquitoes at the intersection of Stagecoach and Nelms Roads. / Jessica Fairley


      Over the next few weeks, Georgia residents will see a significant influx in the mosquito population.

      Dougherty County Public Works officials say the peak season for the insects combined with an onslaught of rains is creating a strong presence here in southwest Georgia.

      FOX 31 tagged along as officials checked areas with standing water to see if larvae had formed.

      Donnell Mathis says this is the first time in three years that he has found an abundance of mosquitoes at the intersection of Stagecoach and Nelms Roads.

      All residents are warned to wear repellant to protect themselves from being bitten.

      "We know the mosquitoes will increase in the next two to three weeks, so we'll be out spraying on a regular basis like we normally would do to try and combat the problem and keep them down," said Donnell Mathis, Dougherty County Public Works.

      Although there is an increase in the mosquito population, officials say these pests are not expected to carry the West Nile virus.

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