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


NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans City Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) reports that mosquitoes collected in the Orleans community 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. In 2021, a human case of WNV was reported in Orleans Parish.

Treatments will be delivered tonight by truck in the West Bank between Holiday Drive, General DeGaulle Drive, Patterson Road and the Intracoastal Waterway. East Bank treatments are provided in the areas bounded by I-610, Parish Line, Lakeshore Drive, and Orleans Canal / Orleans Avenue. The treatments take place from 7.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. when the weather is nice. The applications this evening are directed against the “southern house mosquito” Culex quinquefasciatus, the primary vector of WNV in our region.

NOMTRCB has been conducting intensive post-storm surveillance and mosquito control activities since the day after Hurricane Ida. Activities included city-wide inspection and treatment of stagnant water in tires, hollows, building zones and other flooded areas; area-wide larvialization of numerous storm-affected or poorly drained areas by truck; city-wide adulticide truck applications covering the entire Orleans parish; and quick responses to service requests from private households through 311 calls and emails regarding tires, standing water, unkempt swimming pools or high numbers of mosquitoes.

In addition to normal weekly city-wide collections and screening of mosquitoes for WNV activity, NOMTRCB also initiated special surveillance to monitor the populations of newly hatched flood, swamp and persistent water nuisance mosquitoes due to storm surges and coastal flooding. Mosquito treatments are ongoing and will be carried out as needed and based on monitoring data.

We ask residents to be vigilant when emptying water-filled containers around the house and yard in order to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Change the water in containers that cannot be removed, such as a cup of water, every week. B. Bird baths, sugar kettles, pools and ponds. It takes seven days for mosquitoes to grow from egg to adult, so it’s 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. We ask residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by restricting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved insect repellants, and making homes mosquito-proof by keeping screens on windows and doors.

For more information about WNV, see 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.
  • 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 repellant, 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 cup of water, every week. 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.
  • Call 311 or email [email protected] to report mosquito problems.

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

Report mosquito problems

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

Follow NOMTRCB on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @nolamosquito.

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