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      Mosquito population peaks in rainy weather

      Officials check for standing water to prevent mosquito breeding inside Dougherty County. / From file

      With all the recent rain, Southwest Georgia has the potential to become a breeding ground for mosquitos in the coming weeks.

      That's why officials with the Dougherty County Public Works Department are working to fix the problem before it starts. If weather permits, the department will spray five times a week after 7:00 PM.

      Despite those efforts however, department officials can't fix those issues without your help.

      "Pour out any standing water around your home, that can be bird baths, buckets, tires, kids toys, little trucks and things like that," said Public Works Department spokesman, Donell Mathis.

      He adds that the chemicals that they spray are not harmful to your health.

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