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Mosquitos just now becoming active

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - They're pesky little creatures, and their bite can prove lethal.

Shannon Rider  with Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District said the cold winters and spring rains only kept the mosquitos at bay, until now.

'If we have a short spell of rain, then it dries out, it will actually increase their populations for a short time. Simply, because we will have those little pockets of water," Rider said.  

Rider said those pockets of water are used as breeding grounds.

And unfortunately, different types of mosquitoes have different activity times. Rider said when outside, don't wear scented lotions, or perfumes and try to cover as much skin as possible.

She also said to always wear repellant.

“Make sure those containers around the house - that includes gutters, tires, children's toys, flower pots, anything they can think of - if they could just ensure those are covered up so they are not collecting rain or they are dumped everyone one to two days,” Rider said.  

To date, there haven’t been any reported illnesses from a mosquitos bite in our area.  

But Livingston Parish reported three this week and there is new mosquito-borne illness making its way to the United States from the Caribbean.

"It’s called Chikungunya and it is another type tropical disease and it is now at the forefront of everyone's concern and worry. The population is so transient now and we do have the vector for it here," Rider said.

And a case of this new virus has been reported in South Louisiana.

But for now, Rider said her department is spraying on the ground.

And if mosquito populations increase, the department may start aerial sprays. 
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