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Mosquito spraying could soon begin in county

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Local governments could soon start spraying for mosquitoes if temperatures continue to climb.

The Johnson County Health Department typically receives the first complaint of mosquitoes this time of year.

The department received 39 complaints in 2013, with the first one being called April 11, county health department administrator John Bonsett said.

The county will hire the Marion County Health Department to spray for mosquitoes when residents complain of problems. About 80 percent of complaints come from the northwestern part of the county, Bonsett said.

Complaints from the southern part of the county will not always be addressed. The expense of paying someone to travel that far for a lightly populated area is not always feasible, Bonsett said.

Franklin and Greenwood will spray weekly once the temperatures reach the 70s and remain there, typically starting in June.

To request mosquito spraying in unincorporated areas of the county, call the Johnson County Health Department at 346-4365. To request spraying in Greenwood, call 881-8527.

To request spraying in Franklin, call 736-3660.

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