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DeSoto Co. uses bats to tackle West Nile virus

(WMC-TV) - DeSoto County leaders are working to limit West Nile virus after the death of a Mississippi resident.

Dog owner Bob Francis walks his dog, Holly, almost every day.

"We come out in the middle of the day and don't have too much problems except when we cut through the woods."

Francis is talking about mosquitoes, the blood-thirsty insect that feed on Mid-Southerners every summer. There has already been one death from West Nile virus in Mississippi this year. Francis said it's often so bad that his family doesn't come out late in the afternoon.

"My wife comes in when the mosquitoes come out in the afternoon, she tells me the mosquitoes are coming, I'm coming in. It's a major concern."

Newly elected Horn Lake Mayor Allen Latimer is aware of several neighborhoods in his city with lakes and standing water. Crews have already started spraying in the city and Latimer says they need citizens to call in problem areas.

"We're going to rely on a lot of the citizens to keep us informed."

In addition to spraying for mosquitoes, the City of Horn Lake is using bats in hopes they will eat the pesky mosquitoes that are bothering residents.

If you have mosquito problems in your area, call your respective city. For folks out in the county, call your supervisor.

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