NEW ORLEANS – In light of large amounts of rainfall this season, the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTCB) reminds residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove standing water from around their homes. The NOMTCB recommends emptying containers and changing water at least weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths, pet dished, sugar kettles, pools and ponds.
The life cycle of mosquitoes can be completed within a 7-day period, making it important to evaluate yards on a weekly basis. Residents are encouraged to remove trash and clutter, including discarded tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water, and ensure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating.
While no human cases of West Nile virus or locally-acquired Zika virus have been reported in Orleans Parish, NOMTCB urges residents of New Orleans to protect themselves from mosquito bites. While outside, use EPA-approved repellents, wear long sleeves and pants, and consider using fans to keep mosquitoes away from sitting areas. To avoid mosquitoes from entering your residence, keep windows and door screens in good repair.
The City will continue to monitor mosquito populations and implement control measures, including educating citizens through community outreach, source reduction, and treating for larval and adult mosquitoes.
- Reduce mosquito exposure by limiting outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.
- Use air-conditioning and make sure window and door screens are in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
- If outside for long periods of time, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- The CDC recommends using repellents containing EPA-registered active ingredients including DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
- When using repellent, always follow the recommendations on the product label.
Protecting Your Home
- Eliminate standing water around your home.
- Remove trash and clutter, dispose of discarded tires and containers that can hold water.
- Turn over wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children's toys or anything that could collect water.
- Change water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as pet dishes or bird baths. Scrub the side of the containers each we to remove the eggs that have been deposited.
- Rain barrels and other water collection devices must be screened and collected water should be used within one week.
- Aerate ornamental pools, fountains and sugar kettles or stock them with mosquito-eating fish.
- Report illegal dumping and unattended swimming pools and by calling 311.
Tires fill easily with rain water and collect leaf litter, providing a suitable location for mosquito larvae. Properly disposing unwanted tires will eliminate mosquito habitats.
- Residents can place up to four tires on the second trash pick-up, stacked curbside along with their household trash.
- Tires in front of abandoned lots will not be collected; they must be moved in front of a residence with curbside collection.
- Residents can also bring up to four tires to the City’s Recycling Drop-off Center on the second Saturday of each month, located at 2829 Elysian Fields Ave between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Report mosquito issues
Report mosquito issues by calling 311 or emailing email@example.com.
Residents are encouraged to contact NOMTCB with any other questions or concerns regarding mosquitoes at (504) 658-2400.
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.
For additional information regarding the Zika virus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
Visit the state and city’s websites for more information at
www.nola.gov/mosquito and www.nola.gov/zika.
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