West Nile Virus detected in Ascension Parish

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Photo of a drone used for Ascension Parish mosquito control.

According to information received from the Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department, one case of human West Nile Virus has been reported in the St. Amant area. The area received additional treatment after the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed the case.

“Mosquito control is a community-wide effort,” President Kenny 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. 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.

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.

Residents are encouraged to remain indoors during the dawn and dusk hours of the day, when mosquitoes are most active.

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

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government