Some residents in St. Francisville have dealt with floodwaters now for several months, there is now a possible fear of a mosquito population.
Captain Brian Spillman the Homeland Security Director of West Feliciana Parish says the Mississippi River in St. Francisville has been at flood stage for six months. He says that people have been impacted for some time now and although the waters is starting to recede they still have a lot of water in the parish. With the water and summer months, they are having problems with mosquitoes, alligators, and snakes, and they’ve removed several alligators from the area recently.
Flooded areas provide breeding grounds for insects. The Louisiana Department of Public Health advises the public to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten.
Kyle Moppert Public Health Medical Entomologist Anthmologist at the Office of Public Health says that every year starting about now we get an increase in virus in the mosquitoes and when the virus is in the mosquitoes we start getting human cases so the number of human cases we will have this year and how long we will have human cases will depend upon what happens. Meanwhile, he encourages you to always remember the 3 D’s of protection from mosquitoes:
Moppert says to be sure to drain any standing water around the home. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and choose a mosquito repellnat that has been registered by the Environmental Protecton Agency..