SIKESTON -- The city of Sikeston is stepping up its mosquito abatement program, according to Steve Lee, street superintendent.
"With the big Fourth of July weekend coming at us, we're going to fog all the parks Friday afternoon. We're getting both foggers out so we can get double coverage on the city," he said. "We'll run two foggers until we see the need to drop back to one, which will probably be in September."
Lee said recent rains have provided more breeding areas for mosquitoes which will also be addressed.
"Within the next two weeks, we're going to pretreat all the stagnant ponds and water areas again," he said. "We're wanting to be proactive and get the best coverage we can for the public with the heart of the mosquito season here."
Lee also encouraged city residents to review the city's 10-point checklist for mosquito abatement which is available by clicking the "Mosquito Abatement Program" link on the city's Web site at www.sikeston.org or in pamphlet form at City Hall.
"Anybody can come in and pick one up," he said. "We're hoping residents will do everything they can to help around their yards in the battle against mosquitoes."