Ahead of this year’s Cajun Food Fest, the Iberia Parish Mosquito Abatement District says they will conduct operations targeting Lydia and surrounding areas.
Aerial operations will begin in the evening hours of Thursday, September 6, 2018, followed by additional operations Friday, September 7, 2018, in another part of Iberia Parish, according to officials.
If weather conditions are favorable operations will begin just prior to sunset and last approximately one to one and a half hours.
Officials ask that during this period, only hypersensitive individuals or persons that wish to avoid all exposure to chemicals in the designated spray area should refrain from outdoor activities. All other citizens can proceed with normal outdoor activities!
Those within the parish will notice a low flying aircraft during the spraying.
Operations Thursday night will encompass the Port of Iberia, Lydia, Bayou Jack, Grand Marais, specifically, Pesson, Curtis Ln., areas east of Avery Island, Old Jeanerette Rd., then southeast to Hwy. 90, Hubertville Rd. and 80 Arpent Rd. as well as all points in between.
Operations Friday night will target Daspit, Sugar Oaks, Vida Shaw and Loreauville Park, specifically, Lucerne Dr., Troy Rd., Sabrina Ct., Gondron Rd. and all points in between.
The District is also urging citizens of the parish to protect themselves and the little ones 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.”
West Nile virus has been reported in several parishes in Acadiana and the State.
Recently, the family of a Lafayette man says he was diagnosed with West Nile Virus after spending several weeks at his camp in Cameron Parish. Read more here