Mosquito numbers up after Tropical Storm Lee

Staff reports

The Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department is currently battling the largest outbreak of mosquitoes they’ve seen this year, due to the abundance of rainwater from Tropical Storm Lee.

Inspectors taking landing rates of mosquitoes are picking up as many as 75 to 100 mosquitoes per minute in many locations in Ascension Parish. Crews have doubled their efforts in treating most areas of the Parish using their fleet of trucks, and will continue to do so until mosquito populations are reduced to normal levels.

Department officials are asking the public to help keep the mosquito population from expanding by eliminating anything that collects and holds water around their homes.

Flood mosquitoes are very aggressive daytime and nighttime biters.  Residents are encouraged to utilize repellent protection.  Before using any of these products, residents should read the label carefully for their health and safety.  Light-colored clothing should also be worn during outdoor activities, as mosquitoes are typically drawn to dark colors.