LAUREL, MS - The Laurel Police Department is taking measures to protect the area from mosquito spread diseases.
LPD is holding its mosquito spraying program a month earlier on March 21 because of the increase in mosquito population.
This increase is caused by higher temperatures, standing water and the recent flooding from rainfall.
Laurel Animal and Mosquito Control Supervisor Yolanda Powe said this program will help prevent the area from attracting the Zika and West Nile virus.
"In my area we have seen a lot more mosquitoes, a lot more standing water and a lot of flooding and that causes mosquitoes to breed and causes us problems," Powe said.
The program will have two spraying trucks that will spray the area early in the morning and at night five days a week.
Powe also suggested that people wear mosquito repellent, long sleeves and pants to protect themselves from mosquito bites.