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Aerial mosquito spraying begins in Clay County
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A plane was outfitted with mosquito spray Saturday evening.

Meanwhile,  people in Clay County have been fending off the bugs for weeks. A visit to the park requires bug repellant. Jenna Leone pointed to two bug bites on her daughter's legs.

Marsh Patterson said she doesn't want her grandchildren to go outside when they visit.

"We can't get in the pool at night because my grandkids get eaten up," she explained.

John Ward with Clay County Emergency Management said Orange Park and Fleming Island have had the highest numbers of mosquitoes caught in Clay County traps recently.  

So Clay County called on the state for help.  A plane contracted by the state conducted aerial spraying Saturday night over the hardest hit areas of the county.

"I'm glad they are spraying. I hope it helps," Patterson said.

Ward said Clay County has sprayed every street in the county with its trucks, targeting mosquito larvae.

However, the aerial spraying attacks adult mosquitoes. Ward acknowledged that tropical storm Debbie dumped rain weeks ago.

He explained the county has not attacked mosquitoes from the sky until now because the larvae take weeks to hatch and because Clay County does not have a plane of its own, so it relies on state resources.

People in Clay County say they need the help.

"I've never seen it this bad before," Patterson said.

Leone said, "I have bug spray in my purse at all times."

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