Bixby residents 'eaten alive' by mosquitoes

Posted at 9:55 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 23:31:32-04

BIXBY, Okla. - A mosquito's paradise, located in Bixby, has some residents begging Tulsa County to take action. 

Those who live in the area say the overflowing creek is to blame. 

Neighbors say you can spray all you want, but even the best mosquito repellent  won't fight away the outbreak that's occurring in this neighborhood. 

"It's miserable. You can't enjoy yourself when you're sitting out here," said a resident.

The mosquito-infested waters nearby are made by runoff from a nearby creek that isn't properly draining. Residents near the 19300 block of East 43rd Avenue say these waters have created a major concern for the area. 

"The water sits here and stagnates, turns black and it smells. Attracts a lot of snakes, breeds mosquitoes. It's just a general health hazzard," said resident, Shawn Davies. 

Davies says some of the animals in the area have tested positive for the West Nile Virus and even died.  

"This Zika virus is coming around now and just making it worse," said another reisdent, Ron Harrison.

Residents say it's risky to let their children play outside. The runoff from the creek winds around the neighborhood is affecting almost everyone. 

They say it's time the county did something about it, something that's been ignored for nearly 10 years. Residents say if nothing is done, the misery will continue and people could get really sick.

2 Works For You reached out to Tulsa County officials who say they've not received complaints from this area. However, they did say they would agree to meet with these residents to help. 


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