Thursday, July 29, 2021

FYI.... New Orleans. Ongoing Effort. City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board to Conduct Adult Mosquito Abatement Tonight

 

Treatments will take place from 8:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., weather permitting

 

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 28, 2021


Contact: LaTonya Norton

For Media Inquiries Only
communications@nola.gov
(504) 658-4962

City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board to Conduct Adult Mosquito Abatement Tonight

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) will conduct adult mosquito abatement tonight.

 

Treatment will be conducted by airplane in the area bordered by Bayou St, John, Paris Road, Lakeshore Drive and I-610. Truck applications will also take place in New Orleans East in the area bounded by I-10, Dwyer Road, Chef Menteur Highway and Bullard Avenue. Treatments will take place from 8:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., weather permitting.

 

Frequent or heavy rainfall can significantly increase mosquito populations by creating breeding habitat. Mosquitoes lay eggs in anything that holds water and can develop from eggs to adults in less than a week. Some examples of common breeding habitats are tires, buckets, wheelbarrows, clogged gutters, unkept swimming pools, tarps or other plastic sheeting, grill covers, kiddie pools, water tables, drink cups or aluminum cans, pet water dishes, and trash cans or lids.

 

West Nile and other mosquito-borne viruses are more active in the summer and early fall. Currently, no human cases have been reported in Orleans Parish; however, we are asking residents to remain vigilant and to turn over or remove any items that hold water to prevent mosquito breeding. Residents should expect elevated mosquito activity in the next days and weeks with frequent summer storms and rainfall. Any time after a rain is a good time to look around residential property for containers that might be holding water.

 

NOMTRCB will perform city-wide control activities to manage mosquito populations as frequently as weather permits. Please call 311 or visit https://nola311.org/ to report mosquito issues such as tire piles, abandoned pools or areas with standing water that do not drain properly.

 

For additional information on the West Nile virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.

 

SAFETY TIPS

 

Protect Yourself

  • Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
  • Use air-conditioning and make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.  
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants while outside.
  • The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • When using insect repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.

Protect Your Home

  • Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed.
  • Remove trash and clutter, dispose of discarded tires and containers that can hold water. Turn over wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children's toys, or anything that can collect water.
  • Change water weekly in containers that cannot be removed such as pet dishes or bird baths. Scrub the side of the containers with a sponge or brush each week to remove mosquito eggs.
  • Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be screened, and collected water should be used within one week.
  • Aerate ornamental pools, fountains and sugar kettles or stock them with mosquitofish.
  • Report illegal dumping, water leaks and unattended swimming pools by calling 311.
  • Call 311 to report other mosquito problems.

Report Tires

  • Tires are easily filled with rainwater and collect leaves and litter, providing ideal breeding conditions for mosquito larvae. Removal of scrap tires will eliminate a prolific mosquito habitat.
  • Residents can call 311 to request a bulk waste pickup of up to four tires. Tires should be stacked curbside next to City-issued trash containers.
  • Tires in front of abandoned lots, unoccupied properties, or businesses are ineligible for pick up and will not be collected. This issue is currently being addressed through City-coordinated, cooperative efforts towards treatment and removal.

Follow NOMTRCB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @nolamosquito.

 

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