Elevated West Nile Virus Risk In St. Tammany Parish

West Nile VirusOfficials keep finding West Nile virus in mosquitoes across St. Tammany Parish. Back in May, the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement found the West Nile virus in mosquitoes in south Covington, but since then, they say they have found infected mosquitoes in Mandeville and Pearl River. So far, no West Nile virus infections have been reported in humans in Louisiana; however, infections in humans have been reported to the CDC from the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wyoming.

What You Should Do Right Now

Below you will find a few tips form Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) concerning what you should do right now to keep the mosquito population as low as possible.

Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs

  • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.
  • Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, trash cans, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.
  • For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.
  • Use larvicides to treat large containers of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.
  • If you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps. Cover open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

Kill mosquitoes outside your home

  • Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest.
  • Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture, or under the carport or garage. When using insecticides, always follow label instructions.

Keep mosquitoes out

  • Install or repair and use windows and door screens. Do not leave doors propped open.
  • Use air conditioning when possible.

Kill mosquitoes inside your home

  • Kill mosquitoes inside your home. Use an indoor insect fogger* or indoor insect spray* to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. These products work immediately, and may need to be reapplied. When using insecticides, always follow label directions. Only using insecticide will not keep your home free of mosquitoes.
  • Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/controlling-mosquitoes-at-home.html

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