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  • Rain brings mosquito boom in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 17, 2015 5:34 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - With more rain on the way the city of Denham Springs plans to rev up its mosquito spraying program. The city started its own program a few months ago but eventually stopped last month after complaints about mosquitoes died down. However, the buzz is back after rain... more »
  • Louisiana: 55 West Nile cases this year, 4 deaths

    October 9, 2015 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says one newly reported case of West Nile virus and two additional deaths from the disease have been reported this week. That brings the total number of cases to 55 and the number of deaths to four. Thirty-four of the reported cases... more »
  • Mosquito protection check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 17, 2015 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- You can't have a hot and humid summer in Louisiana without mosquitoes. Even though this has been one of the milder summers for the insects, mosquito abatement officials are still encouraging people to protect themselves from the pests. This morning, Randy Vaeth from East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Mosquito plane flies in Baton Rouge tonight

    July 22, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mosquito plane will be circling parts of the city and unincorporated areas Wednesday night. The mosquito control agency announced aerial spraying in Baker, North Baton Rouge, and parts of Southdowns and Kenilworth - in that area, the plane will spray above Perkins Road to Kenilworth.... more »
  • Mosquito spraying starts Monday night in Denham Springs

    July 13, 2015 5:20 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Denham Springs will kick off its new mosquito abatement program when it sprays Monday night. The city plans to begin spraying along Hatchell Lane and surrounding streets at 8 p.m. Denham Springs will spray four nights a week to knock down the mosquito population. This... more »
  • No West Nile in EBR yet check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control told News Two, lab results that were released Friday show there are no mosquitoes that have tested positive for the West Nile virus. "We're happy this year but we're not letting our guard down," said Randy Vaeth,... more »
  • Denham Springs resuming mosquito control check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 26, 2015 6:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - With no mosquito control in Livingston Parish, the city of Denham Springs is moving forward with plans to provide its own. The city recently purchased 20 cases of insecticides for nearly $3,500. That's the amount allocated for mosquito control in next year's budget for Denham Springs.... more »
  • Mosquito population explodes

    April 22, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Standing water left behind by last weeks rain is causing the mosquito population to explode. The major concern is West Nile Virus. So parishes with mosquito control workers are out in force this week. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the virus shows no... more »
  • Experts: Weather helping mosquitoes in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2015 5:11 PM

    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... more »
  • Mosquito money still a problem in Livingston check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 11, 2014 9:55 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- As the end of the Mosquito Abatement program nears in Livingston Parish, current director Jeanine Tessmer is working hard to secure funding that could keep the program alive. "We will not be spraying in 2015 and that's going to allow the mosquitoes to grow in the numbers... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement shutting down check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 16, 2014 3:36 PM

    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... more »
  • Capital region has most of new West Nile cases

    September 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday. The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more... more »
  • DHH confirms 13 new cases of West Nile in Louisiana

    August 15, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials confirmed 13 new case of West Nile in the state Friday. The Department of Health and Hospitals reported multiple cases in East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Caddo, Calcasieu and Livingston. Officials say the 13 new cases were reported in the state's latest surveillance report, bringing... more »
  • Cases of a new mosquito virus in Louisiana

    July 30, 2014 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chikungunya is a mosquito borne virus that comes from the Caribbean and it is spreading into the states including in Louisiana. Chikungunya started to break out in the Caribbean last year, and has spread throughout the United States. The Center for Disease Control said there are six... more »
  • First Louisiana West Nile death of the year

    July 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Louisiana health officials say a person in Shreveport has died from the West Nile virus. The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. The gender of the victim has not been released at this time. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, tells the... more »
  • Human cases of West Nile becoming more prevalent capital city area

    July 9, 2014 6:58 PM

    Three human cases of West Nile were found Tuesday in Livingston Parish and as of Wednesday more than 30 cases have been reported in mosquitos. Experts at the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement say they anticipate to see more human cases due to the amount of mosquitos that are... more »
  • Mosquito control forced to make cuts despite cases of West Nile

    July 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Mosquito control is cutting back since funds are running out despite three cases of West Nile in the parish. Voters vetoed a $3 million property tax in October to keep spraying the parish. Funds could be gone by next year. Jeanine Tessmer, the Mosquito Abatement Director,... more »
  • Clothing, blood-type can make you mosquito magnet check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 24, 2014 9:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Researchers have identified certain factors that could make you a more tasty target for mosquitoes. Research shows that blood type plays the largest role. Mosquitoes land on people with Type-O bloods twice as often as those with Type-A. They landed on people with Type-B blood the... more »
  • Rain sends number of mosquitoes soaring check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2014 4:16 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control plans to ramp up spraying after millions of mosquitoes spawned with last week's rain. Just Wednesday night, George Bragg with mosquito control collected more than 500 mosquitoes in one trap in Port Allen. "It's a pretty good amount for just... more »
  • Mosquito control: Expect an "explosion" of mosquitoes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Mosquito experts say to expect an "explosion" of mosquitoes in Livingston Parish when mosquito control stops spraying in the parish in 2015. Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says mosquitoes will be everywhere when mosquito control closes its doors. "There will be nothing to... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement's future at risk check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 4, 2013 4:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement District officials fear that they'll fold if voters don't approve a 3-mill property tax on October 19. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says they spray daily in Livingston Parish to keep the pesky mosquito population at bay. They currently bill more than... more »
  • Mosquito abatement buzzing for tax check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 16, 2013 10:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month. It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October. "They spray at night, you can hear the... more »
  • State's first death from West Nile reported Friday

    September 6, 2013 4:04 PM

    ALEXANDRIA- State health officials announced Friday, the first death in Louisiana connected to West Nile. A person in Rapides Parish got sick and died. Specific details about the victim were not released. Also this week, ten more people contracted the virus. Now, 31 people are sick from West... more »
  • Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 14, 2013 10:56 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Mosquitoes in traps in West Baton Rouge have tested positive for West Nile, the potentially dangerous disease carried by the bugs. The positive results were found earlier than usual. So, crews have started spraying parts of the parish, first focusing on areas where the bugs were found... more »
  • Mosquito trucks to spray for first time this season

    May 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mosquito trucks will hit the road spraying in East Baton Rouge Parish tonight for the first time this season. Mosquito abatement officials said the trucks will be out in south Baton Rouge around sundown this evening. Randy Vaeth with mosquito abatement said they usually go... more »
  • Leaders plan to push tax increase again

    April 25, 2013 9:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Just one year later, leaders want to push a property tax increase to fund Livingston Parish mosquito control again. It was voted-down last year, but since about a third of residents still skip-out on paying the fee, Mosquito and Abatement believes the tax is necessary. Without... more »
  • Mosquito fight more difficult in winter check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 7, 2012 5:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Workers fighting the bite of mosquitoes in Livingston Parish are changing their tactics. The window to spray for mosquitoes has changed to from 4:30 p.m. until about 8:00 p.m. That's because sunset is around 5:04 p.m. this week. Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmel... more »
  • Mosquito problem in Livingston Parish

    September 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Residents in Livingston Parish may be dealing with an issue bigger than they can handle. Recent rain and Hurricane Isaac left behind a lot of standing water, which could bring a lot of mosquitoes. The Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement also doesn't have adequate funding to cover... more »
  • Isaac may spark swarms of mosquitoes

    September 4, 2012 10:23 AM

    HOUMA - After Hurricane Isaac left a lot of water behind, south Louisiana residents may be dealing with swarms of mosquitoes. And with Louisiana experiencing the highest rate of West Nile virus infections in several years, state officials are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes. The Courier reports that... more »
  • DHH: 53 new West Nile cases, 3 deaths check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 24, 2012 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals said three more people died this week from the West Nile Virus, and 53 new cases were reported. That brings the year's total deaths to nine, the most in recent years according to DHH. The most was in 2002,... more »
  • 24 new cases of West Nile announced

    August 17, 2012 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported 24 new cases of West Nile virus infections this week. No additional deaths from the virus have occurred, but six people have died so far this year. DHH has found a total of 92 cases of West... more »
  • Additional West Nile deaths reported

    August 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported an increase in West Nile Virus infections with 15 new cases and four deaths from the disease this year. DHH has seen the highest total of West Nile neuro-invasive diseases since 2006. Of the 68 cases... more »
  • First case of West Nile reported in St. Bernard Parish

    June 22, 2012 11:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported Louisiana's first case of West Nile virus in humans was in St. Bernard Parish. DHH said the case was asymptomatic, meaning the person had no sign of illness. Health officials characterize West Nile infections in three ways:... more »
  • West Nile Virus found in the area

    June 13, 2012 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been found in several local parishes, according to mosquito abatement workers. The East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement office says virus-carrying bugs were found in East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Livington Parish, Tangipahoa Parish, St. Tammany Parish,... more »
  • Area residents dealing with mosquito problem

    March 8, 2012 2:54 PM

    Baton Rouge- Mosquitoes are bad now, but they are about to get worse, as area residents are trying to fight the bite. Local entomologist say you can help get rid of them by wearing protective clothing or by spraying insect repellent with deet. The mosquitoes out right now... more »
  • West Nile: It only takes 1 mosquito

    February 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Low numbers of mosquitoes won't protect you from West Nile virus in Calcasieu Parish. The state Office of Public Health says that although drought kept the mosquito population down in Calcasieu last year, two people came down with encephalitis or meningitis from the virus. A report in... more »
  • DHH confirms 1 new case of West Nile virus

    September 23, 2011 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says a West Nile virus case in Calcasieu Parish is the tenth diagnosed statewide this year and the fifth dangerous infection of the brain or spinal cord. The Department of Health and Hospitals says the last dangerous "neuroinvasive" case to be diagnosed also... more »
  • Mosquito numbers up after Tropical Storm Lee

    September 21, 2011 3:03 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department is currently battling the largest outbreak of mosquitoes they've seen this year. The outbreak stems from the abundance of rainwater from Tropical Storm Lee. Inspectors are picking up as many as 75 to 100 mosquitoes per minute in many locations... more »
  • West Nile virus found in St. Charles Parish

    August 13, 2011 11:39 AM

    KILLONA, La.- St. Charles Parish officials say a mosquito sample turned up with the dangerous West Nile virus. The parish says its mosquito control teams are increasing spraying and taking other measures to knock down the mosquito population. Because birds and mosquitoes throughout Louisiana carry the virus, the... more »
  • Mosquitoes hatching after days of wet weather

    July 19, 2011 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mosquitoes are hatching after several days of wet weather and East Baton Rouge Mosquito Control is working to eliminate the pesky insects. Inspector Marcus Goss visits a dozen or more homes a day. He looks for standing water where mosquito larvae thrive and also fogs the area... more »
  • Workers find "greener" solutions to fighting mosquitos

    April 1, 2011 5:01 PM

    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... more »

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