The Mobile County Health Department said it will start spraying for mosquitoes this week.

The department has 50 routes in the county where Vector Control trucks will spray insecticides to kill mosquitoes. The department said it is rotating the types of chemicals used so that no tolerance is built up in the mosquito population.

In areas unreachable by trucks, the health department has a small airplane that will spray as needed. According to Vector Control's Jerry Folse, the plane will be used when there are large hatchings of saltwater mosquitoes, which are different from the Aedes albopictus mosquito that is the main disease-carrying mosquito. The saltwater mosquito is more of a nuisance, but it can also carry disease.

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Traps placed throughout Mobile County will help determine the right time to start spraying.

The Mobile County Health Department said residents also must play a role to control the mosquito population.

"The public is asked to partner with us by checking their own properties and emptying out anything that they have that can hold water and leaving it overturned to prevent future mosquito breeding," Folse said. A mosquito complaint may be submitted to Vector Control by calling 251-690-8124 or via email at VectorServices@mchd.org.

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