South Augusta Pool Is A Health Code Violation

Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, “A bad swimming pool,
20 by 40 foot in a season can produce three quarters of a million
mosquitoes.”

No, this is not a forest,
it's someone's backyard pool.

It's so bad here-trees
shooting high in the air are growing in the water. It's no longer a place for
kids to play. It's now a breeding ground for killer mosquitoes.

Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, “When you stop to
think about three quarters to a million mosquitoes coming out of one swimming pool
in a five to six month period. That's a serious situation.”

After last year's deadly
West Nile outbreak across the CSRA health department investigators are
concerned this bad pool is a breeding ground.

Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, “West Nile's always a
threat. Last year we had three cases in Richmond County, three cases in
Columbia County, we had 5 cases in Aiken County with one death.”

With the heavy rain
lately, one CSRA mosquito expert sees the problem only getting worse-very soon.

Scott Anderson, Owner of Mosquito Squad says, “It'll break dormancy
on the eggs for the mosquitoes, the mosquito eggs breaks them into other life
cycles and they'll start to emerge as adults and it should push a lot of
mosquitoes.”

Mosquitoes from this
un maintained pool could hit up to 750 thousand and fly two to three miles from
here.

If one of those mosquitoes
has West Nile, it can be worse than just a bite, it could be life-threatening.

Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, “West Nile is an
encephalitis. It's caused by a mosquito bite. That can leave you with severe
arthritic problems later on. It can go into encephalitis, which is swelling in
the spinal cord in the brain and it can really cause some serious
situations.”

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