GONZALES, LA (FOX44) — Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez announced Sunday that 24-hour mosquito control will take place across the parish beginning at midnight Monday morning.
Trucks will spray all day and all night and ditches will be sprayed with larvicide until further notice.
The action is a result of all the standing water the parish took on after Hurricane Isaac.
Standing water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitos, whose eggs can remain dormant for up to 20 years. Additionally, the strong winds from the storm may have blown in mosquitos from other areas. That all leads to an increased possibility of the spread of West Nile Virus.
"We want to make sure that people are safe," said Lester Kenyon, Ascension Parish Public Information Officer. "Use insect repellant, and (wear) long sleeves, long pants, that's requested."
The parish asks that residents keep their grass cut low, and dump out anything in their yards that may have standing water, such as bird baths, flower pots, and cans.