West Nile confirmed in Franklin; new controls begin
A sentinel chicken in Franklin has been confirmed positive with West Nile by LSU, according to Jessie Boudreaux, owner of Cajun Mosquito Control.
West Nile virus surveillance tools continue indicating where virus activity is currently present.
“We have implemented our expanded arbovirus protocol measures as of Friday afternoon,” Boudreaux said. “We are asking residents to please avoid mosquitoes and their peak activity times of dusk and dawn. If someone must be outside, wear insect repellent on exposed skin surfaces. Wear light colored long sleeve clothing, and avoid perfumes or colognes.”
Residents and business owners are also 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.
Cajun conducted three nights of truck ULV spraying this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Inspections are being made for any container breeding or stagnant drainage areas. Larvicide will be applied to control juvenile mosquitoes found.
Boudreaux said June through October is generally the peak West Nile virus activity time period, but in Louisiana virus activity can be present year-round.