MCCI increases mosquito spraying
By Howell Dennis
ESTHERWOOD – Last week’s heavy rain brought more than just mud and flooded yards, it also brought Acadiana a tremendous increase in the mosquito population in areas south of I-10.
“We will be increasing our spraying by fifty percent and we will have three extra trucks so as to cover as much ground as possible,” said Glenn Stokes, President of Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. (MCCI). “The amount of rain that fell last week was actually greater than when Hurricane Ike hit last year. We will be spraying for seven days and seven nights and if that doesn’t work we will start aerial spraying.”
Stokes went on to say that parish’s have been seeking federal funding for the mosquito spike. Funding for spray programs last year came from a FEMA declaration after Ike but so far this year there is no federal funding and parish governments have been having to pay the cost themselves.
Stokes emphasizes that the population has grown by the thousands since last week and though the Equine Encephalitis and West Nile have not affected Acadiana as hard as it has other parts of the state it is necessary to control the mosquito population so that it remains as such.