NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - There are thousands of unwelcome guests in a North Fort Myers neighborhood. Neighbors say they're being swarmed by mosquitoes whenever they step foot outside, and they need help from the county.
"There's one (smack.) See? And they're the big ones, I'm telling you!" Sherry Flynn said, swatting away mosquitoes.
She and her neighbors on Grady Drive say the buzzing and the biting have become too much to bear.
"The mosquitoes are relentless, and they are absolutely out of control," Flynn said.
They burn wood, trying to smoke the mosquitoes out, and bug spray has become their new perfume. "I can't even let my dogs out," Flynn said. "They come in itching. They don't have fleas, they're itching."
Judith Santacroce-Moore flips her plant saucers and cleans her bird bath almost daily to prevent the insects from laying eggs. "We were just completely covered. You couldn't walk out here, it was that bad," Santacroce-Moore said.
Perhaps getting the worst of it is Tammy Lingor's young son. He has bites all over his legs. "They're not those little mosquitoes either, these things are huge, huge," Lingor said.
They say they've asked Lee County to spray, but so far, haven't gotten any relief. Shelly Redovan with Lee County Mosquito Control tells us many factors determine which areas are treated:
-whether or not the mosquitoes are the disease-carrying type
-how many they've counted
-if that number meets the legal criteria for treatment.
The amount of calls does not determine when or where treatment will be done. We spoke with Redovan after-hours, so she wasn't able to look up when or if they plan to spray Grady Drive. Neighbors hope it's soon. "They're talking to us about this West Nile, everybody's concerned about it," Santacroce-Moore.
As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control reported 3,545 cases of West Nile Virus in the U.S., and 147 deaths so far. The majority of Florida's cases have been in the northern part of the state. You can suggest areas for spraying and even check which areas are scheduled for treatment online by going to http://www.angwatechnology.com/lee_devel/PublicServiceRequest/