Aerial spraying attacks mosquito outbreak

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes and filth flies was conducted over St. Landry Parish on Tuesday night, Sept. 30.

Parish President Don Menard has been working with the La. Dept. of Health & Hospitals to get the spraying approval due to increased mosquito breeding in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, which struck on Sept. 1.

Since the storm, mosquito and fly populations, which pose a potential health threat, have grown by the millions due to breeding pools created by hurricane rainfall.

Menard said the parish was the second to request assistance with mosquito control, but issues involving Hurricane Ike, which followed Gustav, delayed the process.

The parish hired Vector Disease Control to spray the approximate 210,000 acres comprising the parish.

Menard said the spraying poses no threat to humans, animals or plants.

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