Mosquito aerial spray missions increase in EBR Parish as mosquito populations rise

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BATON ROUGE, La. — There’s still a pesky problem in what’s supposed to be the end of mosquito season as crews are handling a rise in mosquitoes and signs of West Nile.

If you’re bit by a mosquito and looking for spray services around your home, you may have to wait a little longer. East Baton Rouge’s Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control crews have been busy.

“The citizens are calling us saying, ‘please come out and spray.’ We were averaging about 700 a week, but now that has gone up,” said East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control Inspector Kenny Ricard.

He said the calls have been nonstop, and as a result, the department now has a backlog.

“Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday [have] already booked up,” said Ricard.

It’s because of that increase, they are upping their aerial spray missions.

“We’re up in the air spraying as much as possible, as often as possible. As long as the weather permits, we’re going to get that plane in the air,” said Ricard.

The highest demand is in Baker and Zachary due to weeks of standing water.

“Anything you can turn over, turn that standing water over because the mosquito larvae [have] to survive in that water. Once you turn that water over, the mosquito larvae dies,” said Ricard.

So far, one group of mosquitoes collected in East Baton Rouge Parish have tested positive for West Nile. Ricard said West Nile is a big concern but residents should be safe for now.

“Everything looks pretty good because in the last two weeks we’ve only had one case,” said Ricard.

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