Mayor – News – October 2021 – City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Committee 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 held on the Upper and Lower 9th Wards on Florida Avenue, Franklin Avenue, the Mississippi River, and Parish Line; and in Gentilly on the Inner Harbor Canal, I-610 / Florida Avenue, Bayou St. John and Leon C. Simon 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 restricting 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 remain vigilant Empty containers filled with water around the house and yard to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. Change the water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as: B. 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, 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.
  • 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 NOMTRCB at [email protected].

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