NEW ORLEANS —The New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) continues to detect West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes from Orleans Parish. Mosquitoes with WNV have been found on North Broad Street, Downman Road, Elysian Fields Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Mirabeau Avenue and Paris Avenue. At this time, no human cases of WNV have been reported in Orleans Parish.
WNV cycles between wild birds and mosquitoes. It can be transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. While the majority of people infected with WNV have no symptoms, the virus can cause serious symptoms in some people, especially those over 65 years old and those who are immunocompromised.
The NOMTCB urges residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved repellents and reducing the number of mosquitoes by emptying water-filled containers.
The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents including applying insecticides by truck (as weather permits) and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing. The New Orleans Health Department will continue educating residents through community outreach.
The mosquitoes that can spread WNV are called Culex quinquefasciatus or the “Southern House” mosquito and can grow to adults in as few as 7 days. This makes it important for residents to evaluate yards on a weekly basis and eliminate standing water. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded waste tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water. Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating.
- Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
- Use air-conditioning and make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
- If outside for long periods of time, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
- When using repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.
- For additional information regarding WNV, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm
Protecting Your Home & Yard
- Eliminate standing water around your home. Mosquitoes can grow & develop in standing water.
- Remove trash and clutter, and dispose of discarded tires and containers that can hold water. Turn over wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children’s toys and anything that could collect water.
- Change water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as pet dishes and bird baths.
- Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be screened, and collected water should be used within one week.
- Aerate ornamental pools, fountains and sugar kettles, or stock them with fish.
- Report illegal dumping, water leaks and unattended swimming pools by calling 311.
- Call 311 or email email@example.com for an inspection or to report mosquito problems like stagnant water or abandoned swimming pools.
Tires are easily filled with water by rain, and they collect leaf litter, providing an ideal habitat for mosquito larvae. Eliminate waste tires.
- Residents can stack up to 4 tires curbside with their household trash each week.
- Tires in front of abandoned lots will not be collected; they must be moved in front of a residence with curbside collection.
- Residents can also bring up to 4 tires to the City’s Recycling Drop-off Center, located at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue, on the second Saturday of each month between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Report Mosquito Issues
- Report mosquito issues to 311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the state and city’s websites for additional information.