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West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control gearing up for mosquito season

3 years 1 month 1 week ago Monday, April 02 2018 Apr 2, 2018 April 02, 2018 10:09 AM April 02, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE- The West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control will be setting up traps for this mosquito season.

The agency will place Gravid Traps at 20 different locations in West Baton Rouge Parish. From now until November the traps will be collected twice a week. The samples will be sent off every Wednesday to the LSU diagnostic lab to be tested for West Nile Virus, SLE, and EEE.

"If we get an amount of mosquitos that we consider above normal or get we get a disease positive in that area we will send our spray trucks,"says George Bragg, superintendent of West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control.

The traps were designed to catch "gravid", pregnant and egg laying, female Southern House Mosquitoes. According to the West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control, that species of mosquito is the primary disease carrier in the state.

"We're going to see the highest concentration of West Nile samples that we get is going to be normally June, July, and August," says Bragg who expect the number to decrease around September-October.

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