Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has announced that the parish will activate the professional aerial spraying contract in place for mosquito control.

Recent flooding and heavy rains have fostered an increase in the mosquito population in Ascension Parish. Parish mosquito control officials have been spraying throughout the Parish seven nights a week, and have responded to personal requests from residents. The aerial spraying will take place in the coming days. Residents will be notified of low-flying aircraft on the day of application.

“The upfront cost would be approximately $80,000 per application,” Matassa said. “The number of applications needed will be determined by the success of the first application.”

The cost is $2.13 per acre of 37,450 residential acres. “FEMA’s reimbursement rate is 90 percent,” Matassa added.

Data collected from traps throughout the Parish indicate a high population of mosquitoes in Lake Martin, St. Amant, Sorrento, northwest Prairieville, Dutchtown, and Geismar. These areas will be targeted first and most heavily, but Matassa stressed that the entire parish will be treated for mosquitoes.

There are no reports from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals of any human domestic cases of the Zika virus or the West Nile virus in Ascension.