JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Florida is so far the only place in the country where we are seeing mosquitoes directly transmitting the virus to humans, but there is growing concern about Zika closer to home. And there are ways to protect yourself.
The Jefferson County Storm Water Department is handing out free mosquito dunks. They are an effective way of getting rid of mosquitoes. The dried up bacteria, when dissolved in standing water, kills unborn mosquitoes. Out in Jefferson County and certain cities like Homewood, they are no longer spraying to kill mosquitoes because of health concerns and questions about whether or not it’s even effective.
County officials say they’ve seen a huge increase in demand for these dunks.
The dunk kits are available at the following locations: Jefferson County Courthouse (downtown) room B-210, Bessemer Justice Center (main entrance), Center Point satellite (main entrance), Hoover satellite (main entrance).