West Nile detected in Iberia Parish; officials issue reminders

Posted at 2:43 PM, Aug 03, 2018

West Nile Virus activity in mosquito surveillance samples has been reported to the Iberia Parish mosquito control district.

Today, district officials want to remind everyone that we’re at the height of the encephalitis virus transmission season, and personal protective measures must be taken.

Ground and aerial operations will target these mosquito vector populations, but the Iberia Parish Mosquito Control District is urging citizens to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito borne diseases. It is imperative that citizens keep insect repellent handy, wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors and get rid of mosquito breeding sites near the home.

Residents throughout the Parish are urged to follow these simple guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control: 

  • Apply mosquito repellant that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and apply as directed on the label
  • Protect children sensitive to insect bites with repellant and cover exposed skin— there are many preparations sold in drug stores and camping sections of local stores that are formulated for adults as well as children.
  • Wear light colored, light weight clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors particularly at DAWN and DUSK.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when outside for prolonged periods.
  • Remove all sources of standing water near your home (i.e. cans, barrels, planters, tires, containers and tarps).
  • Keep all pools, spas, bird baths, ponds and fountains clean and free of debris.
  • Maintain tight fitting screens on doors and windows.
  • Don’t FEED the storm drains!  Sweep up lawn clippings, leaves and tree limbs from sidewalks and driveways.

Iberia Parish residents who have questions or mosquito problems can call the district office at (337)365-4933, or visit the web page by clicking here or the Facebook page by clicking here.  

For more information about West Nile Virus, other mosquito-borne diseases and pesticides for mosquito control, you can visit the CDC or the EPA