Mosquito Control in Louisiana

Mosquito Control in Louisiana

The Louisiana flooding from August 8th-14th of this year is being called “the worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy.” After over 7.1 trillion gallons of rainfall, catastrophic flooding submerged and damaged over one hundred thousand homes. By comparison, Hurricane Katrina only poured 2.3 trillion gallons of water onto the state.

In the aftermath of the flooding, a new concern has risen: mosquitoes and the spread of diseases such as the West Nile and Zika viruses. There is great concern that, with so much standing water in the area, the mosquito population will explode.  Such an occurrence would increase the likelihood of Zika transmission via mosquito bites within the US. St. Bernard Parish of Louisiana has taken an authoritative approach to mosquito control by enacting an ordinance that can actually make residents pay fines for allowing mosquito-friendly environments to exist on their properties.

The Parish government is urging residents to inspect their properties and remove and/or clean any objects which can collect standing water, including pools and tires. Government officials can even enter private property to inspect and remove potential risks.

Failure to comply with the ordnance can result in several types of punishment. First time offenders can be fined up to $200, sent to jail for up to 30 days or given up to 48 hours of community service. The penalty for second time offenders is increased to up to $500, 60 days in jail or up to 96 hours of community service.

Mosquito Control with NET effect

The team at NET effects supports the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Louisiana. With mosquito control being one of the highest priorities after the incident, we advise Louisiana residents, as well as everyone concerned, to protect themselves from the potential spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile virus. NET effect is the roll-on DEET alternative to aerosols that is safe, effective and easy to apply. Check out our store today to start protecting yourself and your family.