Mayor News – Nov 2021 – City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Agency Reports West Nile Infected Mosquitoes


NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans City Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) reports that mosquitoes collected from the East Bank of Orleans Parish this week tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV alternates between wild birds and mosquitoes and can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The wind speed and low temperatures this weekend will not allow adulticide treatments.

The area will be inspected and all possible breeding sources will be treated with mosquito larvicide treatments to reduce populations of Culex quinquefasciatus, the local West Nile vector. Monitoring data from this week showed low numbers of Culex from the affected area and across town. Combined with the colder weather this weekend, this means the overall risk of exposure is likely to be low.

We ask residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, and making homes mosquito-proof by maintaining screens on windows and doors. If you are outside for long periods of time, especially at night, wear long sleeved shirts and pants. Use insect repellants with EPA registered ingredients, including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or lemon eucalyptus oil. When using insect repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.

We also ask residents to be vigilant when emptying water-filled containers around the house and yard in order to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Once a week, change the water in containers that cannot be removed, such as: B. Bird baths, sugar kettles, pools and ponds. It takes seven days for mosquitoes to grow from egg to adult, so it is important to inspect the outside area around the house every week. Remove trash and clutter, including tires, buckets, tarpaulins, and any other item that can collect water. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are working and that the water is circulating. Call 311 or email [email protected] to report stagnant water, discharged tires, or other mosquito-related issues.

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.

SAFETY TIPS

Protect yourself

  • Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
  • Use air conditioning and make sure window and door grilles don’t have holes to keep mosquitos out.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants if you are outside for long periods of time.
  • Use insect repellants with EPA registered ingredients, including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or lemon eucalyptus oil.
  • When using insect repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.

Protect your home

  • Eliminate standing water around your home.
  • Remove trash and clutter, and dispose of discarded tires and containers that can hold water. Turn over paddling pools, buckets, trash cans, children’s toys, or anything that could collect water.
  • Change the water in containers that cannot be removed, such as a bottle of water, on a weekly basis. B. animal bowls or bird baths. Scrub the side of the containers with soap and a sponge to remove any 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 fish.
  • Report illegal dumping, water leaks and unattended swimming pools by calling 311.

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 collection 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, unoccupied properties or shops cannot and will not be picked up. This issue is currently being addressed through city-coordinated, collaborative treatment and removal efforts.

Report mosquito problems

Residents are encouraged to contact NOMTRCB at (504) 658-2400 or [email protected] with any other questions or concerns about mosquitoes.

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