West Nile Virus in Louisiana

Just last week Louisiana state health authorities reported three new cases of humans infected with West Nile Virus, the virus that is transmitted from mosquitoes. As expected, mosquito populations are going to be higher than expected this year after a milder winter and rainier than normal spring.

West Nile Virus first appeared in the United States in 1999 and can be transmitted to both humans and animals by the adult mosquito. Typical early symptoms are consistent with the flu.

To reduce the population of mosquitoes around your home, it is always recommended to eliminate any standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. You can also reduce the risk of becoming infected with West Nile Virus by staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. If you are outside at those times, be sure to spray skin and clothing with a repellent that contains at least 20-30% DEET (however, with children it should not exceed 10% DEET).

Massey Services offers a Mosquito Abatement Program that will control mosquitoes around your home. Unlike other mosquito control programs, our solution targets mosquitos where they live and breed, helps reduce the current population, and abates future populations. Enjoy your backyard without the hassle of mosquitos. Call Massey Services today for a free inspection. 1-888-2MASSEY.