NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) will conduct early season adult and larval mosquito reductions beginning tonight and through Sunday, May 8 in the following areas:
- All of the West Bank of Orleans Parish
- Holly Grove within the area bounded by Airline Highway
- Carrollton Avenue South
- Claiborne Avenue South
- Downtown area bounded by Claiborne Avenue, Earhart Boulevard/Calliope Street, the Mississippi River, and the parish line
- Venetian Islands
- East Village
Treatments will be carried out by truck from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., weather permitting.
Mosquitoes lay eggs in any object or container with water and can develop from egg to adult in less than a week. We ask residents to inspect the areas around the house and yard at least once a week. Empty water-filled containers such as kiddie pools, planters, plastic storage boxes, or children’s toys to reduce potential mosquito breeding sites. Remove outdoor trash and clutter, including tires, buckets, tarps, or any other items that may collect water. Make sure pools and fountains are functional and flowing.
Mosquito control activities over the next few days are targeting the southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus, which is the local vector of West Nile virus (WNV). Our weekly trap counts indicated high numbers of these mosquitoes in some areas. While most human WNV infections are asymptomatic, common symptoms can include headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. In rare cases, the virus can cause severe symptoms, especially in immunocompromised people or those over 65.
NOMTRCB urges people to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn and using CDC-approved repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients.
For more information on West Nile virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.
- Reduce exposure to mosquitoes by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
- Use air conditioning and ensure window and door screens are in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from entering the interior of the house.
- Use CDC-approved repellents that contain EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- When using a repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.
Protect your home
- Eliminate standing water around your home where mosquitoes breed.
- Remove trash and clutter and discard discarded tires or containers that may hold water. Turn over kiddie pools, buckets, garbage cans, children’s toys, planters, or anything else that might collect water.
- Change water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as birdbaths or non-functioning fountains. Scrub the sides of the containers to remove any mosquito eggs that may have settled there.
- Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be filtered and the water collected must be used within a week.
- Aerate ornamental ponds, fountains and sugar bowls or fill them with fish.
- Report illegal spills, water leaks or unsupervised pools by calling 311.
- The tires easily fill with rainwater and collect leaves and litter, providing ideal breeding conditions for mosquito larvae. Removing used tires will eliminate a prolific mosquito habitat.
- Residents can call 311 to request a collection of bulky waste up to four tires. Tires must be piled on the sidewalk next to the garbage cans provided by the City.
- Tires located in front of abandoned land, unoccupied properties or businesses are not eligible for collection and will not be collected. This problem is currently being addressed through cooperative efforts coordinated by the City for treatment and disposal.
For updates and more information, follow NOMTRCB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @nolamosquito.
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