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City treating 'elevated' level of disease-carrying mosquitoes

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The city's Mosquito and Termite Control Board said Friday that it has detected an "elevated" number of mosquitoes in the area, including the southern house mosquito which is the primary carrier of the West Nile virus.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has not yet reported any cases of West Nile virus in 2014.

The board is taking proactive measures by applying insecticides that kill mosquito larvae and adults. Adult mosquitoes are being treated by fog trucks and by plane. The city will continue these efforts throughout the summer.

The board urges all residents to drain or treat standing water, which is breeding grounds for mosquitos.

• Remove trash and clutter, including discarded 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 and kiddie pools;

• Make sure culverts and ditches are clear so that water can flow through them during heavy rains; and

• Report illegal dumping, abandoned swimming pools and water leaks by calling 311.

Residents living in the French Quarter and Downtown Development District can place up to four tires curbside in front of occupied properties that are eligible for garbage collection on Wednesdays of each week. Residents must call 311 to schedule the service.

All other residents can place up to four tires curbside in front of occupied properties that are eligible for garbage collection once per week, which will be picked up on the second collection of that week.

Businesses are not eligible for the service.

Avoid mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, use CDC-approved repellants and maintain screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes from getting in.

For additional information regarding West Nile virus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

Residents are encouraged to contact the New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board to treat standing water or with any questions or concerns about mosquitoes or West Nile virus at (504) 658-2400.

 

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