One of the main functions of the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board is to control destructive, disease-causing and pest insects in City-owned buildings and premises by treating and monitoring City properties for insects, spiders, and termites.
Control Board Goals
- Provide termite control for City of New Orleans facilities, trees, and greenspace and conduct fumigations for drywood termites in City buildings
- Gain knowledge on termite biology through intensive studies of numerous termite colonies in Armstrong Park
- Protect historic French Quarter properties and trees from Formosan subterranean termites, which has caused an estimated 300 million dollars in damages locally. Get detailed information about Formosan Subterranean Termites here
- Teach City of New Orleans employees how to reduce conditions that lead to termite infestation
- Protect new construction or recent renovations from termites and conduct inspections for acquisitions of properties
Control Board Termite Control Methodology
Because spraying or applying pesticides alone will rarely remedy pest problems, the Control Board began an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program in 2006 for City buildings and greenspace. IPM includes
- thorough inspection
- identification of pests
- detailed recommendations to the property owner/manager
- continued evaluations of the site
- sanitation, exclusion, mechanical control, and chemical control
IPM reduces the amount of used pesticides, applies targeted treatments only when needed, saves money for the City of New Orleans in man hours, equipment usage, and pesticide costs, damage potential, and maintain a pleasant workplace for City employees.
Pest surveys are important to determine pest locations, species, and movement. Surveillance is critically important to protect the public from vector-borne diseases, venomous spiders, or pest species. The Board collects data, identifies pest species, and communicates results within days of data collection so that appropriate treatments can be prescribed.