Mosquito numbers drop in East Baton Rouge
POSTED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 11:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control officials said they are seeing less mosquitoes in their traps this year.
They say the number of nuisance mosquitoes has dropped; including the most dangerous type of mosquito that can carry encephalitis. Officials say we aren't in the clear just yet. A tropical storm or long period of wet weather could boost the mosquito population.
"West Nile season usually peaks here at about week thirty in the CDC week and that is usually about the second week of August. We have got a while before we are out of the West Nile season," Randy Vaeth, Assistant Director of East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control, explained.
The battle against the nasty bug continues. Mosquito control crews spray six nights a week. They need your help to kill the pest. Make sure you empty out containers with standing water. Plus keep an eye out for extra mosquitoes near your home.
"If you live near sewerage treatment plants or septic ditches habitat for that particular species larval development make sure to give us a call if you are seeing a lot of mosquitoes resting around the carport or the porch light," Vaeth said.
The number to call for East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control is (225) 356-3297.