Athens to start mosquito control program; beekeepers can notify city of hive locations

by Holly Hollman
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  Athens, AL - Advanced Pest Control of AlabamaATHENS-Pesky mosquitoes are starting to dine on Athenians who enjoy the outdoors.


To help curb the number of these insects, the City of Athens will start its mosquito control program on Monday, May 10, weather permitting.


Brad Gee, who oversees the program, said the routes and schedules are the same as last year: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. That schedule is subject to change because of weather. Gee said the trucks cannot fog in the rain or when wind speeds exceed 10 mph.


“If there is a holiday or a day skipped by weather we will make adjustments to the day of the route,” Gee said.


The route map is online at:


Beekeepers who have hives inside the city limits can contact Gee to notify him of hive locations.Here are several types of beehives to consider | Hello Homestead


“The times we spray shouldn’t affect them at all, but we like to know the locations to make sure,” he said.


Gee will keep a list of hive locations and avoid spraying when bees are foraging. Please call 256-262-1415. You can leave a message if no one answers. You can also email him at


Gee said the city uses a product called Kontrol 30-30 made by Masterline. It consists of:

  • 30% Permethrin
  • 30% Piperonyl Butoxide
  • 40% Inert Ingredients


Permethrin is the active ingredient pesticide, and Piperonyl Butoxide is a synthetic pesticide that works with the Permethrin while the inert ingredients are there to act as a bonding agent and to keep the chemical from evaporating so quickly once it’s sprayed into the air. The chemical is mixed with mineral oil and distributed through an Ultra Low Volume sprayer.


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