Mayor – Information – October 2020 – Metropolis’s NOMTRC board stories on detection of West Nile virus in mosquitoes in Orleans parish
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans City MOM, Termite and Rodent Control Bureau (NOMTRCB) reports that mosquitoes in the East Bank of Orleans community tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV alternates between wild birds and mosquitoes and can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. No cases of West Nile virus in humans were reported in the Orleans community this year.
NOMTRCB will be conducting adult mosquito control tonight in a select area of the East Bank of New Orleans. The treatment area is bounded by Broadway Street, St. Charles Avenue, MLK Boulevard, S. Broad Avenue, and Fontainebleau Drive. The treatment is carried out by truck from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. when the weather is nice.
NOMTRCB urges New Orleans residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the West Nile virus by avoiding mosquito bites. These measures include limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved insect repellants, reducing the number of mosquitoes in your home, and keeping your home mosquito-proof by maintaining screens on windows and doors. We also urge people to empty water-filled bins around the house and yard to reduce potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Residents must remain vigilant when removing stagnant water by emptying containers. Water in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths, sugar kettles, pools, and ponds, should be changed weekly. At this time of year, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 7 to 10 days. This shows the importance of checking your property for stagnant water weekly. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded tires, buckets, tarps, and other items that can collect water. Swimming pools and fountains should be operational and in circulation. A mosquito can lay eggs and develop in a space the size of a bottle cap, so every container counts.
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.
- Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
- Use air conditioning and make sure the window and door panes are in good condition to keep mosquitoes out.
- Wear long sleeved shirts and pants outside.
- The CDC recommends using repellants that contain EPA-registered agents, including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or lemon eucalyptus oil.
- Always follow the recommendations on the product label when using repellent.
Protect your home
- Get rid of stagnant water in your home that is where mosquitoes breed.
- Remove rubbish and clutter, dispose of discarded tires and containers that can hold water. Turn over paddling pools, buckets, trash cans, children’s toys, or anything that could collect water.
- Change the water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, e.g. B. animal dishes or bird baths. Every week, scrub the side of the containers to remove any eggs that have been laid.
- Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be screened and collected water should be used within a week.
- Ventilate ornamental pools, fountains, and sugar kettles, or fill them with fish.
- Report illegal landfills, water leaks, and unattended swimming pools by calling 311
Tires can easily be filled with rainwater and collect leaves and litter, making them ideal breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. By removing waste tire dumps, a fertile habitat for mosquitoes is eliminated.
- Residents can pile up to four tires per week on the curb next to their city-issued dumpsters on the second pickup day of the week if they live outside of the French Quarter / DDD. Residences within the French Quarter / DDD can place tires on the curb on Wednesdays. Call 311 to arrange pickup.
- Tires in front of abandoned properties, vacant properties or shops cannot and will not be picked up
Call 311 to report mosquito problems.
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