Experts: Weather helping mosquitoes in Livingston Parish
WALKER - Livingston Parish residents have mixed feelings about the future of mosquitoes in the parish with no mosquito control in the area.
Voters shot down a property tax twice last year that would have kept the program alive. Instead, mosquito abatement closed its doors in late October and plans to sell off its equipment and spray trucks.
Mosquito experts say a warm winter and wet weather along with the absence of a mosquito control program means a forecast in favor of the pesky bugs. That has some residents worried.
"The fact that I may have more mosquitoes in my yard I won't be able to sit outside," said Marilyn Fortenberry.
However, others won't let the mosquitoes bug them.
"I'm not," said Perry Walton. "I actually voted against it. My main concern was the ingredients in the poison."
With the operation shut down, there's nothing mosquito abatement can do to stop the breeding. Mosquito abatement says it would have continued spraying through the winter to kill mosquito larvae, but since the program shut down in late October experts say places with standing water will become mosquito breeding grounds.
"It worries me, but there's nothing I can do except spray around my own patio and my own yard and protect myself when I'm outside," said Fortenberry.
"I'm not worried about it. I just think it's a hype possibly," said Walton. "I mean I know a bunch of people and I've never know anybody that had West Nile. That don't mean it doesn't exist."
The parish has no plans to find funding to bring mosquito abatement back.