BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud News) – The summer months in south Louisiana can be brutal.
When it comes to mosquitoes, “temperature is a very important factor.” Said Randy Vaeth, Assistant Director of Baton Rouge’s Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control.
The heat mixed with rain can cause mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus to grow faster than normal.
“It speeds up the amplification of the virus in the mosquito and speed up that mosquito’s from egg through larva to an adult” said Vaeth.
The team at MARC have been busy with calls, working around the clock
Vaeth said, “We spend a lot of effort, four days a week with three trucks going out, spraying all the road side ditches particularly in the suburban and rural parts of the parish.”
Currently, MARC is seeing an up-tick in mosquitoes surrounding the Baton Rouge Zoo. According to MARC, they found nearly 300 mosquitoes in a trap causing them to focus on spraying 4,000 acres in the area.
Although they are seeing an increase, according to data, not many of the mosquitoes collected are carrying the West Nile virus.
“We’re not out of the woods yet. We still have a lot of warm weather, sometimes September can be our second hottest month so we still have a lot of time left it does look good compared to the year’s we’ve seen” said Vaeth.
Things like water in old pools and tires could be a breeding nest for mosquitoes. Vaeth recommends getting it cleaned and thrown out.
- Avoid activity when mosquitoes are active
- Dress appropriately
- Wear repellent
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