With all the buzz surrounding mosquito borne viruses such as Zika and the perennial West Nile, communities will reportedly be paying a hefty fee to keep the pests under control this spring and summer.
During the March 7 Mount Gilead Village Council meeting, Administrator Dan Rogers said that the cost of the spray used by the village to control the pests during warmer months has tripled in price.
Rogers cited that the average 30-gallon drum of mist that is applied by the Mount Gilead Street Department to kill the parasitic pests now costs $6180.
At the inflated price, the village may need to find more funding for their mosquito preventative efforts.
“We will do our best to do as much as we can,” Rogers said. “We may have to appropriate more money.”
That fact heavily depends on weather and precipitation conditions this spring.
The village urges residents to take their own preventative measures to control the mosquito population by removing items that harbor mosquito breeding from the property, such as tires and open water storage containers.