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City to spray for mosquitoes

The warm weather is back and so are the mosquitoes.

The City of Atmore’s street department will soon be hitting the streets with fogging machines to control the mosquito population, Mayor Jim Staff said.

Staff said the truck is equipped and ready to go.

“We’ll probably start fogging the second week in April,” he said.

Mosquitoes are insects that have two wings with scales. Female mosquitoes are different from the males because they have a long mouthpart that allows them to suck blood. Males have feathery antennae and mouthparts, but can’t pierce the skin, according to the American Mosquito Control Association.

There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world; currently 176 species are recognized in the United States.

Staff said the fogging machines use five-gallon drums full of chemicals that are Environmental Protection Agency approved.

Staff said once the city starts fogging, they’ll keep fogging until mosquito season ends when the temperature falls.