Metro area mosquito populations expected to soar soon
Don Ames Reporting
Recent wet weather has made for perfect mosquito breeding conditions throughout the New Orleans area.
"All the rains that we've had, generally, will flood some of the areas of the woodlands as well as the marsh bordering areas which, potentially, will hatch off a number of mosquito species," says Steve Pavlovich, with Mosquito Control, Inc.
Temperatures and high humidity have also been ideal for the mosquitoes to multiply.
"However, we haven't really seen any large indication of a large population yet," he says. "We have had a little bit of an increase."
That's likely to change soon, though.
"We would anticipate, over the next week, that we would have some additional mosquitoes because of the rains that we've had over the last ten days, for sure."
He says trucks and other vehicles are already out every day, spraying the area.
Meanwhile, Pavlovich suggests you get rid of any standing water around your place to help prevent any more of population boom.
He says the next couple of months make up the peak encephalitis transmission period. And there's already been one case of a horse in Livingston Parish testing positive for West Nile.
"The West Nile activity has been much less than the previous two years, so far. But we're really just entering into the West Nile season. So it remains to be seen over the next couple of months, as we enter the peak encephalitis transmission time."
He also urges people to do what they can to minimize the risk of exposure from mosquitoes for both animals and humans.
"Folks certainly can take precautions by protecting themselves against mosquitoes and trying to limit the time that they're most active...that time being around dusk and dawn and, maybe, two hours after dusk."