NEW ORLEANS, LA – The City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) 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. At this time, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has not reported any cases of West Nile virus in 2014.
The City is taking proactive measures to protect citizens. NOMTCB has responded by applying insecticides targeting mosquito larvae and adults. Adult mosquitoes are being treated by fog trucks and by airplane. The City will continue these efforts throughout the summer. Residents should protect themselves from the mosquito borne diseases by reducing the number of mosquitoes around their homes.
NOMTCB urges all residents to drain or treat standing water which are 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 (4) tires curbside in front of their occupied properties that are eligible for garbage collection by the City on Wednesdays of each week. Residents must call 311 to schedule this service. All other residents can place up to four (4) tires curbside in front of their occupied properties that are eligible for garbage collection by the City once per week, which will be picked up on the second collection of that week. Businesses are not eligible for this service.
Citizens can also bring up to four (4) tires to the City’s Recycling Drop-off Center on the second Saturday of each month which is located at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Drop-Off information can be found at http://nola.gov/sanitation/recycling/drop-off/.
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: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.
Residents are encouraged to contact NOMTCB to treat standing water or with any other questions or concerns regarding mosquitoes or West Nile virus at (504) 658-2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.