After the rain come the mosquitos; preventing the spread of West Nile
POSTED: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 8:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — After the rain come the mosquitos. With areas flooded across Baton Rouge, officials are trying to curb the spread of mosquitos and potentially deadly West Nile.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, expect to see crews spraying both on the ground and in the air.
Entomologists with East Baton Rouge Parish say people can expect to see an increase in mosquitos over the next few weeks. The threat for West Nile infection will be decreased because the typical breeding ground for West Nile-spreading mosquitos has been washed out.
"Storms typically wash those out so we actually reduce those mosquitos through the storm,” Randy Vaeth, Entomologist, explained. “But they're going to recover over the next 10 days or so, so we still have to be very vigilant about West Nile."
Again, if you're outside, the best way to avoid potential West Nile infection is to protect yourself. Wear long pants and sleeves if you're working in the yard and always use bug spray.