Livingston Mosquito Abatement shutting down
DENHAM SPRINGS - Mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish will come to an end sometime next week.
The program is running out of money after voters struck down a fee that would have tacked on to property taxes. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says drivers will spray until the chemicals used run out. She anticipates that to happen next week.
Mosquito experts say the pesky bugs from other parishes will find a safe haven in the swampy lands of Livingston Parish when mosquito abatement closes its doors for good.
"Once they move over here and they're not in the chemical anymore that's killing them, they're going to proliferate and there's going to be large populations here and there won't be any way to stop them," said Tessmer.
Tessmer says the population of mosquitoes will soar in the parish. That could cause a spike in the number of West Nile cases in Livingston Parish.
"Next year, the year after that, there's going to be an explosion of mosquitoes back in this parish. People are going to keep getting sick, and the more mosquitoes there are, the worst the chance of people getting sick. I find that very sad that that's going to happen," said Tessmer. "It will rear its ugly little head again, and then there will be cases and it's highly likely that they're going to see 15, 18, 20 people from Livingston Parish that are sick with it."
There have been seven cases of West Nile in Livingston Parish this year.