Workers find "greener" solutions to fighting mosquitos

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Posted: Apr 1, 2011 5:01 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Apr 1, 2011 6:17 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: mosquito, larvae, minnows, ascension, parish, control

ASCENSION - Mosquito control crews are gearing up to fight the bite of those pesky bugs we all grow to hate. This year, Ascension Parish workers are also trying to fight them cheap... and green.

Teams in the parish are searching ditches and waterways for minnows that like to feed on mosquito larvae. They've already caught hundreds of the tiny fish, which will soon be put back into areas rich in the bugs to eat them into submission.

Shawn Sevario and Jim Babin say while these measures could save a lot when compared to chemical spraying, they're also trying to stay ahead of the environmental curve.

"In the near future, the EPA is going to be crunching down on us about chemicals how much we can out into the water also into the air," said Sevario.

Other measures that were deployed include mosquito nets and traps coated with fish oil or containing carbon dioxide emitters, both of which attract mosquitoes.

Trapped mosquitoes are tested for the West Nile virus at LSU, and if they test positive mosquito control workers know where to battle the bugs.

Night-time spraying in other parishes start in a few weeks.

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