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      Taxes pay for mosquito spraying

      Some MKT Trail users said they donâ??t mind using their taxes to pay for mosquito spraying.

      Boone County Health Department crews are getting ready to spray some uninvited guests buzzing into town.

      They plan to start spraying for mosquitoes at midnight on Friday. Theyâ??ll use a red truck to spray in city parks and along trails. Some MKT Trail users said they donâ??t mind using their taxes to pay for mosquito spraying.

      Anne Billington said, â??I think it helps a lot when they spray. Usually, thereâ??s a big epidemic of them throughout the entire trail. Right now, itâ??s not too bad. I think if they are proactive, it will help a lot.â??

      Cathy Johnson said, â??I donâ??t notice any difference. I try not to stop because thatâ??s when they get you.â??

      Harold Osborn said, â??Somebody seems to think itâ??s working or they wouldnâ??t do it. Right? Iâ??ll let those decision makers make that one.â??

      A bug researcher at Texas A&M University said mosquitoes have to be accessible for the spray to workâ?|otherwise itâ??s not worth the time and money.

      Health department officials said they are in the process of adding up the cost of spraying in Columbia. Government statistics show the average cost of spraying is about $100 an hour when you add up labor, use of the truck, fuel and the cost of the spray.

      Columbia has its own equipment so thereâ??s no need to hire a private contractor. Boone County health officials said spraying works.

      Health Department Spokeswoman Andrea Waner said, â??When the mosquito spray is used appropriately per manufacturerâ??s instructions, weâ??ve seen a significant decrease in the amount of mosquitoes and complaints that we receive from people on the trails.â??

      Health officials said spraying is most effective when done before sunrise and after dusk. Thatâ??s when most mosquitoes are active.

      Columbiaâ??s mosquito spraying will happen on Friday mornings from midnight to 6:00 a.m. from now through early fall.