Open, water-filled containers provide mosquitoes with their best breeding grounds in developed areas. According to AMCA, water left standing for five to seven days has the potential to produce hundreds of mosquitoes per day – mosquitoes that will stay close to that original water source.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has joined with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in declaring June 24 through June 30 as “Pilez Mosquito Week.”

Ascension Parish joins all Louisiana parishes in observance of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, as designated by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The word “Pilez” (pronounced peelay) is Cajun French for crush, kill, or destroy, an appropriate term when trying to combat one of Louisiana’s most prevalent pests.

“Everyone knows Louisiana has its fair share of mosquitoes and the health concerns they bring with them, so it’s important to remind everyone that mosquito control is a community-wide effort,” President Matassa said. “We are asking our residents to use common sense practices in helping us in fighting this annual problem.”

“Louisiana is home to dozens of species of mosquitoes, which inhabit a wide range of habitats,” said Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Director David Matassa. “However, they all require standing water to complete their development cycle. Reducing or eliminating standing water on your property is the best way residents can help to combat the mosquito problem.”

Open, water-filled containers provide mosquitoes with their best breeding grounds in developed areas. According to AMCA, water left standing for five to seven days has the potential to produce hundreds of mosquitoes per day – mosquitoes that will stay close to that original water source. Containers like old tires, buckets, and cans that are not being used should be emptied of standing water. Other potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes include old appliances, unplugged boats, toys, plastic sheeting, roof gutters, pool coverings, and garbage cans. Even an upturned bottle top or a discarded candy wrapper can be a haven for mosquito larvae, according to the AMCA.

Receptacles where standing water is desired – pet dishes, bird baths, reservoirs for flower pots or planters – should be flushed out with fresh water every four days to prevent mosquitoes from completing their development cycle.

For more information, contact Ascension Parish Mosquito Control at 225-621-9613.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government