West Nile alert in Cypremort area, more spraying set

A West Nile positive mosquito pool was confirmed by LSU at Cypremort Point on Friday, according to Jessie Boudreaux, owner of Cajun Mosquito Control.

“We implemented our expanded arbovirus protocol measures Friday,” Boudreaux said. “This includes scheduling three nights of truck ULV spraying, weather permitting, and door to door residential flyers that remind residents to avoid mosquitoes at their peak activity times. Inspections were made for any container breeding and larvicide was applied to control juvenile mosquitoes found.”

Boudreaux reminded everyone that if someone must be outside to wear insect repellent on exposed skin surfaces. Wear light colored long sleeve clothing, and avoid perfumes or colognes.

Residents and business owners are being encouraged to remove any standing water in items such as bird baths, swimming pools, water bowls for pets, buckets, plant bowls, clogged rain gutters, tires or any container that will hold water.

June through October is generally the peak West Nile virus activity time period, but in Louisiana it can be present year round, Boudreaux said. “This past usually mild winter has produced an earlier appearance and an above normal abundance of mosquitoes.”

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