Gautier To Shred Old Tires To Fight West Nile

The city of Gautier plans to destroy hundreds of old tires to battle the West Nile virus. Public works director Alton Nelson said Thursday that the tires will be shredded.

He said the tires are breeding places for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus. And cleaning up those breeding grounds is one step toward fighting the virus.

"These mosquitoes like warm temperatures, dark environment and still water,'' Nelson said.

City Manager Jim Allan says spraying in the area has helped control the mosquito population.

Allan says failing septic tanks that leak raw sewage are another problem which can attract the disease-carrying mosquitoes.