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Walbridge will not spray for mosquitoes

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 They're uninvited guests at any backyard barbeque or bonfire.

But during these warm summer nights, it's hard to escape the mosquitoes.

"It starts getting dark and you get ate up," Frank Mitchell who lives in Walbridge said.

A lot of times, municipalities will spray neighborhoods to kill the pesky bugs, but, this year, the village of Walbridge has decided to nix the service.

"Our revenue is a little bit down this year, so we have to look at where we can cut some things out of the budget," Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko, said.

Kolanko says it can cost up to $12,000 to spray, plus, he says it's not effective.

"It's a spray on, so if we spray it has to make contact with the mosquitoes for it to actually be effective," he said.

There is another alternative being offered for free in the village, called mosquito dunks.

All you have to do is drop them into standing water to kill the larva for up to 30 days.

13abc talked to some people who say that will only work if everyone gets involved.

Others say with the threat of mosquito born viruses, spraying should be a top priority.

"The mosquitoes are bad already, kids getting bit and stuff and West Nile going around," Gary Isbell, who lives in Walbridge says.

Mayor Kolanko says Lake township has also decided against spraying this year.

He suggests using bug spray and the free dunks.

 

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