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It's that time of the year when mosquitos have become enemy number one during outdoor activities.

 

But one Shoals city has not been able to start treating areas due to tougher government regulations.

 

A fogging truck used by the city of Florence to help control mosquitos sits idle.

 

David Koonce with the city of Florence says new requirements from the EPA and Alabama Department of Environmental Management has kept the truck still during the most active time of the year.

 

"We now have to do density studies in areas to determine if there's a reason to spray. If there are no mosquitos in an area we can't spray. We actually have to have studies and documentation showing that, so we can go out and treat an area," Koonce explains.

 

That’s unlike past years when the city could drive down streets, fogging areas that are prone to heavy mosquito populations.

 

The regulations by the EPA are designed to control the chemicals that get into storm water run-off and eventually make into drinking water.

 

The city of Florence hopes to have the permitting process wrapped up in the coming days to start the treatment process.

 

Koonce says "Not only do we treat by fogging an area; we can treat standing water also, provided it’s not a water of the state and is not flowing. If its stagnant water we can treat it."

 

And that leaves the city playing catch-up when they are finally given the green light to start eliminating those pesky insects.

 

David Koonce says home owners can help in the fight with mosquitos by not allowing water to stand in flower pots or other areas that tend to hold water that mosquitos can breed in.

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