Mayor News – July 2021 – City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Committee leads T


NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) will conduct adult mosquito control tonight. Treatments are delivered by truck throughout the Upper and Lower 9th Ward, as well as the Village de L’Est, Michoud, and Venetian Isles neighborhoods in New Orleans East. The treatments take place from 8:15 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. when the weather is nice.

Frequent and / or heavy rainfall can significantly increase mosquito populations by creating breeding habitats. Mosquitoes lay eggs in anything that can hold water and can develop from eggs to adults in a few days. Common breeding habitats are tires, buckets, wheelbarrows, clogged gutters, unkempt swimming pools, tarpaulins and other plastics, children’s pools or water tables and trash cans.

West Nile and other mosquito-borne viruses are more active in summer and early fall. No human cases have currently been reported in the Orleans Township; However, we ask residents to remain vigilant and to turn or remove any objects that contain water to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying. Residents should expect frequent summer storms and rainfall with increased mosquito activity in the next few days and weeks; Anytime after a rain shower is a good time to look around your home for containers that could hold water. NOMTRCB will conduct citywide control activities to control mosquito populations as often as the weather allows.

For more information about West Nile, see the Center 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 the window and door grilles are in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants outdoors.
  • The CDC recommends using repellants with EPA-registered agents such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or lemon eucalyptus oil.
  • When using insect repellant, always follow the recommendations on the product label.

Protect your home

  • Eliminate stagnant water where mosquitoes breed.
  • Remove trash and clutter, dispose of discarded tires and containers that can hold water. Flip paddling pools, buckets, trash cans, children’s toys, or anything that can collect water.
  • Change the water in containers that cannot be removed, such as a cup of water, every week. B. animal bowls or bird baths. Every week, scrub the side of the containers with a sponge or brush to remove mosquito eggs.
  • Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be sieved and the collected water should be used within a week.
  • Ventilate ornamental pools, fountains and sugar kettles or stock them with mosquito fish.
  • Report illegal dumping, water leaks and unattended swimming pools by calling 311.
  • Call 311 and report other mosquito issues.

Report tires

  • The tires can easily be filled with rainwater and collect leaves and waste, which provides ideal breeding conditions for mosquito larvae. Removing scrap tires will eliminate a productive mosquito habitat.
  • Residents can call 311 to request a bulky waste pickup of up to four tires. Tires should be stacked on the side of the road next to the city-issued dumpsters.
  • Tires in front of abandoned properties, uninhabited properties or shops cannot and will not be picked up. This issue is currently being addressed through city-coordinated, collaborative treatment and removal efforts.

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