For the Tribune-Courier
With rising waters comes a rising tide of complaints about mosquitoes in Marshall County.
“We get calls every day,” said Judge-Executive Mike Miller at the June 11 meeting of the Marshall County Fiscal Court.
Commissioners asked Miller to lobby with other judge-executives in the area for an emergency declaration and the use of airplanes to spray to kill the mosquitoes, as was done a few years ago when the county faced similar problems following extensive flooding in Calvert City.
As heavy rains blanketed the Jackson Purchase region for the past few weeks, increased problems with mosquitoes have also blanketed the region, causing discomfort and putting the county at risk of the spread of disease.
The West Nile virus is just one of the diseases commonly carried by mosquitoes, among others which could provoke a public health crisis if the mosquito problem in the region goes unabated.
“We are in constant contact with the Department of Agriculture,” said Miller. “We don’t have the spray-planes anymore. So [the Department of Agriculture] is trying to combat the problem with ground focus.”
“We’re right at the borderline for meeting the emergency declaration stage,” said Commissioner Misti Drew, noting the increased water levels in Marshall County and as a result of flooding in Paducah, both of which have contributed to the rapid rise in complaints about mosquitoes in the region.
Drew asked Miller to lobby on behalf of the fiscal court with the state agriculture department and the governor’s office in the hope of getting spray-planes to combat the mosquito problem.
“I know it is costly but it’s the only thing that’s going to help,” said Commissioner Bob Gold, “It’s terrible.”
Concerns about mosquito problems should be directed to the Marshall County Health Department.