Live Oak — The sudden influx of mosquitoes throughout the city and county has added to the stress factors brought on by Tropical Storm Debby.
According to Live Oak City Administrator Bob Farley, the city of Live Oak has taken steps to combat the growing number of mosquitoes. In a Friday email, Farley confirmed that the city had deployed a spray truck Thursday night to help control the mosquito population, but a problem had developed in the calibration equipment. However, needed repairs were being made and he expected spraying operations to resume over the weekend.
Because the influx of mosquitoes is storm related, Farley anticipates federal assistance will be available to assist the city in controlling the flying pests.
"Since this is a health issue brought on by Debby, we should be reimbursed by FEMA," Farley wrote.
According to Farley, the Florida Department of Agriculture will be in Suwannee County in the coming days to trap and count mosquitoes in order to meet a request by the Emergency Operation Center for the aerial spraying of mosquitoes.