Pesky mosquitoes cause worry for those living in Port Arthur's west side

PORT ARTHUR - People living in Port Arthur's west side say mosquitoes have been a major hassle, but officials say that early efforts to curb an explosive increase in mosquitoes appear to have helped get rid of the pesky bugs.
 
"They are horrible," says William Francois, resident.
 
"The sun goes down and they jump on you just like that," he says.
 
It's a pesky insect leaving scars all over his hands, they come from mosquito bites.
 
"They used to pass in trucks and spray, but they don't even do that anymore," Francois says.
 
According to Kevin Sexton, Director of the Jefferson County Mosquito Control, early efforts to curb an explosive increase in mosquitoes appears to have helped get rid of the pesky bugs that can pose a health threat.  
 
He says "Mosquito counts" are being taken, and the levels have resulted in low numbers allowing trucks to spray at normal schedules.
 
Francois says, more needs to be done to get mosquitoes under control. 
 
"Especially in the West Side of Port Arthur, they tend to forget about us," Francois says.
 
Officials encourage people to empty containers filled with water so mosquitoes won't have a breeding ground.
 
They tell us you can request spraying in certain areas by calling (409) 719-5940
 

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