The rain and wind feels good and is much needed but it does not help those trying to spray mosquito killing chemical solution.
Scott Meador works for the City County Health Department and has been spraying for the last couple months. His team has set up 75 mosquito trap sites all over Tulsa County and since the first week of July, more than 20 sites came back with positive tests for the West Nile Virus. The problem is he needs to continue spraying but the rain and wind is preventing that.
“It's very much a dual edge sword, I want the rain for my yard and ponds but I also see it as a potential for more mosquitoes out there,’ said Meador.
The rain washes the spray away and the wind cannot be over ten miles per hour because the spray needs to fall into the ground and hit a flying mosquito to be affective.
Mike Parham has been bitten at least several times in the last week.
“I had six or seven on this one arm out of nowhere, and a few on my leg,” said Parham.
Hopefully, the rain will last long enough to heal the drought and also stop soon enough to allow for more mosquito spraying.