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Mosquito epidemic annoying locals

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LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Ron Reil had enough.  Mosquitoes were swarming his backyard in north Toledo.

He complained to the Toledo Area Sanitary District, and they sent out a fogging crew.

"A lot of swatting," Reil said. "Bug zappers. We got some chickens that are taking care of a lot of them but can't get them all."

That's right, chickens.

Ron is one of the 400 complaints the district has received since Wednesday.

Four trucks go out five nights a week. Two crews have been working overtime, focusing strictly on private calls from folks like Ron.

"It's very nice to know the district is doing this for us. It only took one call and it was a quick response," he said.

The district attacks mosquitoes like a military blitz. Drivers start out in western Lucas County and work their way east. They're already on their second pass.

"We've had a lot of rain in June," said Lee Mitchell, of the sanitary district. "We're more than four inches above normal for the year in precipitation. That results in more mosquitoes."

Mitchell says the mosquitoes have reached epidemic proportions, the worst since 2008. But the district does not have enough manpower or resources to go after them in a bigger way.

"Which sounds surprising since we have a mosquito control budget of $2.3 million," he said. "In a year like this, it's not enough."

According to Mitchell, mosquitoes live four to six weeks. Locally, they're not expected to die off for another three weeks, even with the help of pet chickens.

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