Mayor – News – October 2021 – City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Agency conducts mosquito control tonight


NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) will conduct adult mosquito control tonight. Treatments are in the 7th Ward, Bayou St. John area, I-610, Franklin Avenue, N. Claiborne Avenue, and Esplanade Avenue; and in Gentilly in the area bounded by Bayou St. John, Filmore Avenue, Franklin Avenue, and Lakeshore Drive. If the weather is fine, the treatments are carried out by truck from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The mosquito control activities tonight will target the Southern House mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus, the local West Nile Virus (WNV) vector. NOMTRCB urges people to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn and using EPA-approved insect repellants. While most human WNV infections are asymptomatic, common symptoms can include a headache, aching limbs, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash. In rare cases, the virus can cause serious symptoms, especially in people who have compromised immune systems or who are over 65 years of age.

Mosquitoes lay eggs in any object or container that contains water and can go from eggs to adults in less than a week. We ask residents to be vigilant when emptying containers full of water around the house and yard in order to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Every week, change the water in containers that cannot be removed, e.g. B. in bird baths, sugar kettles, pools and ponds. Check the outside area around the house and yard at least once a week. Remove litter and clutter from outdoors, including tires, buckets, tarpaulins, and any other item that can collect water. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are functional and that water is circulating.

For more information about WNV, 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 mosquitoes out.
  • If you are outside for long periods of time, wear long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Use insect repellants with EPA registered agents, 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 weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as: 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 stagnant water, tires, and unattended fountains or swimming pools by calling 311 or emailing us at [email protected]

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