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Zapping mosquitoes an effective method

The Monday edition of The Albany Herald carried a front page feature article “Officials watching mosquito activity.” As a former county agricultural extension service agent back in the 1970s, I enjoyed helping farmers and others solve and prevent problems. I still do.

I live in rural western Dougherty County and my house is two-tenths of a mile back from the county road. Behind my 11 acres are hundreds of acres of woods, swamps and wet weather ponds. I have to solve my own mosquito problems. For the past several years when mosquitoes appear, I have operated an electric bug zapper light at night from pre-dusk to post-dawn. It is very effective. During peak mosquito infestations, I kill a handful or more overnight, which is several hundred.

This blue light attracts and electrocutes the mosquitoes as they enter through the screen and contact the electrically charged grate. These electric bug zappers, or stingers, are available in three sizes — 1/2 acre, 1 acre and 1 1/2 acre.

My advice: Go to a hardware store and purchase one. You don’t have to endure these mosquitoes while waiting for the city or county to spray or fog. Americans have, in my opinion, become too dependent on government — federal, state and local — to solve far too many of their problems. We need to learn to depend on ourselves the way our ancestors did.

It is my hope that this information will help prevent anyone from getting infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis or West Nile Virus.

JAMES KING

Albany