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  • Town of Livingston starts mosquito spraying check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 22, 2015 5:39 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The town of Livingston is the second place in Livingston Parish to start its own mosquito abatement program this year. This comes after Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement shut down nearly two years ago after the program ran out of money. That program recently donated one mosquito spraying truck... more »
  • Lafayette company tests drone for fighting mosquitoes

    August 14, 2015 12:42 PM

    L AFAYETTE - A Lafayette company is trying to fight the bite with flight. They're flying a drone over areas that could be potentially infested with mosquitoes to map out the stagnant water that provides a breeding ground for the pest. Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. invited news media and... 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 »
  • Denham Springs resuming mosquito control 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 »
  • DHH warns April showers can lead to heavier West Nile season

    April 22, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials warned people in Louisiana to prepare for a heavy mosquito season after all the rain that poured into the state this month. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the frequent April showers left behind lots of standing water. They recommended people check their... 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 »
  • Millions of mosquitos could be released to stop viral diseases

    January 25, 2015 4:29 PM

    KEY WEST, Fla. - Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow them... 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 »
  • La. reports 5 West Nile cases, 1 chikungunya case

    October 4, 2014 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The state health department confirms five new cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana, bringing this year's total to 123 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday the new infections include one case of serious neuroinvasive disease in East Baton Rouge Parish. There... more »
  • 12 new West Nile virus infections in Louisiana

    September 12, 2014 6:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says 12 new West Nile virus infections in the state bring the year's total to 92. Three of the cases diagnosed this week are dangerous infections of the nervous system, bringing that total to 41. The state already had surpassed last year's total of... more »
  • Second West Nile death confirmed in La.

    August 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials confirmed that a second person has died due to the West Nile virus in Louisiana. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the victim was older than 75 and lived in the capital region. DHH said 14 new cases were also reported... more »
  • DHH confirms 6 new West Nile virus cases

    August 1, 2014 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Home and Health (DHH) added another six confirmed cases of West Nile virus this week, including one asymptomatic case in East Baton Rouge Parish. The new numbers bring the total number of Louisiana cases in Louisiana this year to 15. Caddo and... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement workers leaving check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement could close its doors earlier than expected since workers are leaving for other jobs. It's no secret that mosquito abatement in the parish will cease to exist sometime in the next year when money runs out. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says... more »
  • West Nile Mosquito pools test positive

    June 23, 2014 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge officials have reported two mosquitoes pools found positive for West Nile, and West Baton Rouge reported only one positive test. Todd Walker, Director of Mosquito and Rodent Control, said they received the results on Friday and determined that two mosquito pools with West... 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 »
  • 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 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 »
  • Mosquitoes carrying West Nile detected in EBR check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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