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  • Mosquito control: Expect an "explosion" of mosquitoes 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 »
  • Voters reject mosquito tax

    October 19, 2013 10:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Voters overwhelming said no to a tax to fund mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish Saturday. The tax failed. Sixty-seven percent of voters rejected the plan. Currently, the system generates revenue by billing people in the parish. Leaders have said people refused to pay them. "Some people... more »
  • 3 new West Nile infections in La.

    October 11, 2013 7:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says three new cases of West Nile virus reported this week bring the state's total this year to 48. Of the three new cases, one, in Lafayette, involves a serious brain and spinal cord infection. Two others involve less serious West Nile fever -... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement's future at risk 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 »
  • Mosquitoes carrying West Nile detected in EBR Play Video

    August 12, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile on the west side of East Baton Rouge Parish, according to parish mosquito abatement officials. However, they're telling people not to panic because it's nothing compared to last year. Only seven cases of West Nile have been reported... more »
  • No cases of West Nile reported in Louisiana Play Video

    June 21, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's good news for people in Louisiana fighting the bite; fewer mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile Virus. This is normally the time of year when mosquitoes would test positive for the deadly disease. Mosquito control has 33 traps throughout East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
  • West Nile on the rise Play Video

    December 3, 2012 5:55 PM

    CENTRAL- Mosquitoes are still on the attack despite the change in season, and West Nile Virus is still a big factor in the state because of that. Last week DHH reported 11 new cases, bringing the state's total to 382 this year with 17 deaths. Cases were found... more »
  • 13 West Nile virus deaths, 338 cases this year

    October 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The West Nile virus continues to infect and kill people in Louisiana's worst year since 2002. State health officials say people need to keep fighting mosquitoes. The health department says 139 people have come down with life-threatening neuroinvasive disease, and at least 13 of them have died.... more »
  • In past week 1 new death from West Nile

    September 21, 2012 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials say in the past week one more person has died from the West Nile virus in Louisiana and the number of infections has risen to 251 for the year with 36 new cases reported. The death toll from the virus so far this year... more »
  • Mosquito problem in Livingston Parish Play Video

    September 21, 2012 4:52 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Mosquitoes in Livingston Parish are on the attack. "Worst I've ever seen. They're really bad," says Wayne Sibley. Fighting those pesky bugs comes with a hefty price. Funding to support the parish abatement is low, because some people are not paying their abatement fees. "It... more »
  • West Nile Virus increases in the state Play Video

    August 3, 2012 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- West Nile Virus has hit Louisiana hard. Two people are dead after contracting the severe form of the virus. 2008, was the last time anyone died from it in Louisiana. 53 people across the state have contracted West Nile Virus. 29 got the most severe neuroinvasive disease.... more »
  • West Nile numbers could increase in state

    August 3, 2012 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The latest West Nile Virus numbers come out today, and could follow a recent trend showing an increase in outbreaks around Louisiana. So far in the state there are five human cases of West Nile Virus, 16 of which are the neuroinvasive form of the disease, the... more »
  • Mosquito fight heading to the skies Play Video

    July 31, 2012 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Each week the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control pulls mosquito samples, and sends them off to be tested for West Nile Virus. Recent results show that the number of mosquitoes carrying the virus is increasing by the week. "We're working overtime," said Randy Vaeth... more »
  • Mosquito fight heading to the skies

    July 31, 2012 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher counts of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have East Baton Rouge officials taking to the sky to fight the bight. Last weeks samples show that 16 per 1000 mosquitoes in East Baton Rouge Parish have the potentially-deadly virus. The number of people infected with... more »
  • Presence of West Nile Virus increases in local mosquitoes Play Video

    July 10, 2012 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to recent tests, the amount of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has increased. "They are terrible, and have been very, very bad," said resident Willie Mae Williams. They're so bad, she avoids outside activity as much as possible. "I couldn't come out in... more »
  • Miss. officials report 1st West Nile cases of 2012

    July 3, 2012 4:50 PM

    JACKSON - The Mississippi Health Department is reporting two human cases of West Nile virus, the first confirmed cases in the state for 2012. The cases are in Lauderdale and Hancock counties. Mississippi had 52 cases and five deaths from West Nile virus last year. The Health Department also has... more »
  • Millage to fight mosquitoes on Livingston Parish ballot

    May 15, 2012 10:30 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Residents in Livingston Parish could be paying a tax to get rid of mosquitoes. A millage increase is set for the November ballot, but does everyone approve? Find out how much it could cost you, and what will change if its approved. News 2's Sarah Rosario... more »
  • Mosquitoes on the rise Play Video

    March 8, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mosquitoes are bad now around the Baton Rouge area, but they are about to get worse with the coming rain. "We are actually working overtime, 10 hours a day, and six days a week trying to address the mosquito issue," said entomologist Randy Vaeth with East... more »
  • Expect lots of mosquitoes this year

    February 12, 2012 3:55 PM

    HOUMA, La. - The mild winter weather, combined tropical storms in the fall, could keep southern Louisiana residents scratching the rest of the year. The 10 inches of rain and 6-foot storm surge from Tropical Storm Lee in September produced a bounty of mosquito eggs, Jessie Boudreaux, owner of Cajun... more »
  • Mosquitoes at their worst in years, say officials

    September 21, 2011 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- How many mosquito bites are you covered in? If it's a lot more than usual, join the crowd. Mosquito Abatement in East Baton Rouge Parish estimates there are millions of bloodsuckers roaming the parish, thanks to Tropical Storm Lee. The storm dumped water that's stuck around as... more »
  • How does DEET work? Study says it confuses insects

    September 21, 2011 12:47 PM

    NEW YORK - A study of fruit flies is offering new insight into an old question: How does the insect repellent DEET actually work? The new research supports the theory that it confuses insects as they try to smell their way to a target. An alternative theory is... more »
  • Drought dries up mosquito problem in EBR

    May 31, 2011 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Pesky mosquitoes are being zapped by a drought. The dry conditions are drying up opportunities for the insects to increase. East Baton Rouge Parish Entomologist Randy Vaeth said, "There's not many places for mosquitoes to breed. They're laying their eggs wherever they can so wherever there's water... more »
  • Patient in EBR one of two new West Nile cases

    October 28, 2010 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two new cases of West Nile in South Louisiana, bring the total number of cases to 31. Two new people are sick in East Baton Rouge and Iberia Parishes. This year West Nile Virus in Louisiana is most prevalent in East Baton Rouge parish, with 14 cases. Of... more »
  • Livingston Parish asks for more taxes to fight mosquitoes

    June 3, 2010 5:10 PM

    Livingston Parish seems to be winning in the fight against mosquito bites this year. Tonight, a 5th round of parish-wide spraying begins. Experts say spraying mixed with extended periods of cooler weather have reduced the mosquito population. But, funding mosquito control is proving to be a battle in itself. Residents... more »
  • DHH: avoid chiggers, gators while cleaning spill

    May 27, 2010 5:42 AM

    Louisiana's health department says oil spill workers need to watch out for poison oak, chiggers and alligators as well as knowing how to stay safe around oil and dispersants. Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine says getting the right training is crucial, and workers should follow federal guidelines for safety... more »
  • Mosquito control holds spring training

    March 24, 2010 10:13 AM

    East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control will hold training Wednesday night for new spray truck operators. The training includes workers from East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Pointe Coupee Parishes. Mosquito control officials said most spray truck operators work part time and require training in the spring, when spraying... more »
  • Animal Control officials tackle rodent and mosquito problem

    October 8, 2009 6:12 PM

    Some unwanted critters have been plaguing people's yards due to the recent heavy rains. News 2's Christine Lewis gets answers on what's being done to move the animals out. more »

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