BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Warmer temperatures can be found in the forecast and with that comes more mosquitoes. West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control and LSU already started to gear for mosquito trapping and testing season.
WBR Mosquito Control Director George Bragg said, “This is usually the time of year we start placing out mosquito traps and getting ready to spray and conducting control operations.”
Mosquito control and LSU work together to determine two things.
“One is, we want to know what the mosquito population numbers are like out there and we also want to know if they are carrying diseases or not,” said Bragg.
LSU’s Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Consultant & Former Associate Director Dr. Alma Roy said, “We look for the viral RNA of the viruses West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and St. Louis Encephalitis. “
Once results are in, control efforts begin.
Bragg explained, “Spray trucks which would be adulticiding, we’re targeting mosquitos in the adult stage and then larva side operation.”
If numbers get too high they take action.
Mosquito Control Supervisor Michael Joseph said, “Every mosquito control district is autonomous on how they do things, but for our district if we have over 300 a night in a trap, we are going to trigger some spraying.”
‘“What we hope to do is raise people’s awareness that mosquitoes are dangerous. they do carry disease and the threat is real. Of course, West Nile virus is the major disease threatening in the United States and especially in Louisiana,” said Bragg.
According to their website, symptoms can range from a high fever to paralysis.
There are ways the help limit mosquitos around your home.
Bragg said, “We really encourage homeowners to empty all the water around your home. Make sure all of your containers, bird baths, tires, buckets, wheelbarrows, anything, are empty of water, empty them or flush them at least once a week.”
It’s just the beginning of the season so it’s not too late to take precautionary measures to keep everyone safe.