Mosquito Abatement

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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.

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported five new cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. If the virus shows up in northeast Louisiana it could be spread locally by mosquitoes. I had the chance to spend the afternoon with Shannon Rider, the Director of Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement.  We are going to spend the day checking mosquito traps and doing some sleuthing in West Monroe.

Rider takes me into the mosquito lab to for a quick mosquito education.

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.