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  • Mosquitoes seen in BR earlier than usual time of year Play Video

    January 16, 2017 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mosquitoes are out with a vengeance in Baton Rouge, even in January. January is not the usual time you see them buzzing around, but local experts say that the warm temperatures and August 2016 flood have contributed to the large population. One resident, Ashley Saucier,... more »
  • Louisiana's 1st West Nile death of 2016 reported

    October 31, 2016 5:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the state's first death this year from West Nile virus, and says six cases have been reported to the state since Oct. 14. That brings the total number of cases to 36, including 21 dangerous infections of the nervous system.... more »
  • Zika worries bring mosquito-fighting business to Mississippi

    October 1, 2016 12:39 PM

    JACKSON - A Virginia-based mosquito control company says its hopes to franchise operations in Mississippi. The operations officer of "Mosquito Joe" tells The Clarion-Ledger that the company wants to operate in the state as concerns about the Zika virus grow. The Mississippi State Department of Health says 23 cases of... more »
  • Still a problem, two areas sprayed for mosquitoes by plane tonight

    September 27, 2016 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two areas of the parish will be sprayed for mosquitoes Monday night due to an increasing number of bugs. Crews will fly over Sherwood Forest east of Sherwood Forest Blvd. to Centurion Place. Also, an area of Highland Road and Perkins from Bluebonnet to the Country... more »
  • 26 West Nile cases in Louisiana so far this year

    September 23, 2016 6:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The number of West Nile virus cases this year in Louisiana has risen to 26. That's up from 24 earlier this month. Details released Friday by Louisiana's health department show that 16 of those cases involve serious infections of the brain or other parts of the nervous... more »
  • Residents desperately try to fight the bite against mosquitoes Play Video

    September 21, 2016 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Aerial mosquito spraying will begin tonight at 7:30pm from Siegen Lane to Phillips Road in East Baton Rouge Parish as Mosquito Control workers try to fight the bite. Since the record flooding in August, there has been standing water that has not moved in the Spanish Lake... more »
  • Standing water from August flood fueling mosquito issue

    September 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Standing water in southern areas of East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish is fueling an increase in mosquitoes, the EBR mosquito abatement division said in an announcement about continued spraying efforts Tuesday. Aerial spraying will happen Tuesday around twilight along Bayou Fountain and Bayou Manchac. Mosquito... more »
  • Terminix donates thousands of mosquito repellent to Red Cross for flood-impacted residents Play Video

    August 30, 2016 8:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With flood water gone and restoration underway, a new threat is emergency for residents with shallow pools of water left behind – mosquitoes. Terminix Pest Control employees will begin to provide Mosquito Bait and Kill to the Red Cross for residents. "Your gonna have a lot... more »
  • Medicaid to cover mosquito repellent for Zika prevention

    August 4, 2016 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the Zika virus increasing its foothold in Florida, health officials have announced that Louisiana Medicaid will cover mosquito repellent to further prevent the disease. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that as of June 1, it will adopt a policy that will... more »
  • Governor: 4 Zika cases likely came from Florida mosquitoes

    July 29, 2016 9:50 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida's governor says the state has concluded that four mysterious Zika infections likely came from mosquitoes in the Miami area. Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that no mosquitoes in the state have tested positive for Zika. But he says one woman and three men in Miami-Dade... more »
  • Mosquitoes could be worse this season, EBR started spraying Play Video

    March 28, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Evening mosquito spraying just started in East Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control officials said just recently they've seen the mosquito population increase and started spraying for the first time Easter weekend. They say the problem areas are in the southern parts of... more »
  • Officials warn residents of more mosquitoes to come after severe rain Play Video

    March 8, 2016 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the severe rain approaches, officials are warning residents to take precautionary measures for dealing with mosquitoes in standing water. Ascension Parish Mosquito and Rodent Control Director, David Matassa, says that the parish will begin evening mosquito spraying next month, but it depends on how hot temperatures... more »
  • CDC expands tropical virus alert; 22 destinations on list

    January 22, 2016 12:41 PM

    Health authorities have added eight tropical destinations to a travel alert about an illness linked with a severe birth defect and spread by mosquitoes. Friday's update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brings the total to 22 destinations, most in Latin America and the Caribbean, where there... more »
  • Rain brings mosquito boom in Livingston Parish 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 »
  • Recent rainy weekends create mosquito explosion

    November 6, 2015 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Following a couple weekends of steady rain, Baton Rouge residents are experiencing an explosion of mosquitoes. Michelle Pylant, who lives in the Tara Subdivision says she began seeing the mosquitoes Thursday night. "I had approximately 300-400 mosquitoes under my carport last night," she wrote to... more »
  • Town of Livingston starts mosquito spraying 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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