Mosquito Control will Increase Pesticide Spraying by Plane in 2021
At the November 4 St. Bernard Parish Council 7 p.m. meeting, the council heard an update from Steve Pavlovich with Mosquito Control Services for St. Bernard.
Pavlovich explained that—while there were several “big blooms” in the mosquito population due to rain, hurricane, and high tide events—2020 was a relatively “normal” year for St. Bernard in terms of mosquito presence. More importantly to residents, however, Pavlovich informed the council that there had been two “virus events” in St. Bernard.
“Two samples [we collected and sent to Louisiana State University Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab for testing] came back positive for West Nile [Virus],” Pavlovich stated. “We have a regiment of multiple trucks [spraying pesticides in those areas] (Arabi and Chalmette), pamphlet distribution, and [we’re] knocking on the doors of [houses] that need to be inspected for possible mosquito breeding.”
The presence of WNV may sound disconcerting, but Pavlovich noted that this news should not be a surprise. “Over the last 4 years” there have typically been one to two instances of WNV in St. Bernard. In fact, compared to surrounding parishes, St. Bernard has an exceptionally low WNV rate.
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