Comer visits to discuss local mosquito infestation
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer (left) is greeted by Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey (center) and Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander before addressing local residents on the state’s response to the local mosquito infestation Tuesday.</i>
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Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer (left) is greeted by Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey (center) and Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander before addressing local residents on the state’s response to the local mosquito infestation Tuesday.

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture sprayed for mosquitoes around Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake this weekend because of a mosquito infestation that is five or six times greater than normal that was caused by heavy rains.

However, they only sprayed around Land Between the Lakes, not in it, and they didn’t spray south of U.S. 68/Ky. 80, meaning Calloway County and southern Trigg County were not sprayed.

At a public meeting at the Cadiz Renaissance Center Tuesday morning, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer said that the spraying cost roughly $232,000 of the state’s KDA’s total $250,000 statewide budget for pest control. The state entomologist Dr. Grayson Brown said they received more complaints north of U.S. 68/Ky. 80.

Comer said the spraying reduced the mosquito population by about 80 percent in the areas that were sprayed, and after complaints from locals in the crowd, he also said that they will send three trucks to fog the areas that weren’t sprayed from the air – namely Calloway County and southern Trigg County.

“We’re not pulling out, we’re going to take the next step,” said Comer. “We’re not leaving. We’re not putting up a banner that says, ‘Mission Accomplished’ or anything like that, but we want to try and get it under control.”

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