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Scott County to use state program to help fight bugs

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BENTON -- Scott County will take advantage of a program to fight bugs.

County Commissioners discussed during their regular meeting Tuesday a program by the Missouri Foundation for Health offering insecticide applicators and chemicals to communities in areas recently affected by flooding.

MFH, which was established with money won in a lawsuit by the state of Missouri against Blue Cross Blue Shield when the company went from a public to private entity, is the largest not-for-profit health foundation in the state.

Amber Scudder, county emergency management director, recalled being advised the county could get up to 40,000 gallons of insecticide through the program to combat the high insect population resulting from floodwaters.

And if they don't already have one, "each city can get their own applicator," Scudder said. "The only expense for the county or city is the gas to drive around to spray."

Scudder said she has already contacted all municipalities in the county about the program.

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