Mosquito Abatement

Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement trucks patrol for unseen dangers.
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Ouachita Parish will vote this weekend on a tax renewal to fund the Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District. The mosquito abatement scientist monitor dangerous diseases spread by insects such as Zika, West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis, Yellow Fever and others. 

The tax renewal generates nearly 2 million dollars per year that is used in scientific insect control and disease monitoring. The area is sprayed by trucks and airplanes when mosquito numbers meet certain criteria.  The last major mosquito disease outbreak was a West Nile outbreak in 2001. 

Louisiana's Mosquito Season

Jul 12, 2017
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Shannon Rider from Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement shares information on the different types of mosquitoes in our area and how to steer clear of bites this mosquito season.

When trying to avoid mosquitoes, it is important to take action. Shannon shares that wearing longer sleeves, lighter colors, EPA approved repellant, and avoiding scented lotions and perfumes can all help keep the mosquitoes away. Making sure that there is no standing water around you house in buckets or other containers can also help reduce the amount of mosquitoes around your house.

Combating the Mosquito Menace

May 2, 2016
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When the heavy rains and flooding came in March, it didn't take long for many residents to begin to worry about the return of the usual spring scourge, mosquitoes. With the water table already so high, more rain anticipated, and temperatures rising, conditions are ideal for these troublesome foes to return strong this year.