Experts warn mosquito invading Georgia can carry dangerous diseases

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Channel 2 Action News is making sure you’re prepared to deal with bugs this summer.

Mosquitos are already a nuisance, and experts warn they can present a danger to some people.

Severe Weather Team Two Meteorologist Eboni Deon spoke to experts who explained how Georgians can stay safe outdoors.

Warm weather brings out the bugs. Unfortunately, some transmit dangerous diseases.

The Asian tiger mosquito is working its way around Georgia, and you should try to avoid it.

“The reason they like Georgia is because of our high humidity,” Scot Hodges of vice-president of technical services for Arrow Exterminator

The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive species found in Georgia. according to Scot Hodges, it only needs a small amount of water to breed.

“I definitely hate them. I hate them to the max. Sometimes they get me right here and as it gets warmer here it’s going to get pretty rough,” One Georgian said.

Most people do not have to worry about more than an allergic reaction from a mosquito bite.

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“My husband likes turtles and he’ll put them out in little containers with standing water so that they can get some sunshine. But sometimes he will leave it and of course, that’s when I notice mosquitoes,” Homeowner Robin Smith said.

The Asian tiger mosquito can spread dangerous diseases

“West Nile virus is one, encephalitis, chikungunya, dengue fever,” Hodges said.

Hodges said while these diseases are not prevalent in Georgia, the risk is always there.

“How bad is the season going to be this year? Not good, we had a mild winter, we had heavy rain early on in the spring early spring so there’s plenty of water out there, plenty of breeding.”


Hodges said to eliminate breeding sites around your home such as clogged gutters, pet water bowls, and bird baths. also, keep brush trimmed back.

Enjoy your time outdoors but before you do, make sure you and your family are protected. You may want to use an insect repellent that is safe for you.

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