Mosquito Source Reduction Sweeps planned for April and May
ESTHERWOOD – Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc. (MCCI) the contractor for Acadia Parish will sponsor a Source Reduction (Clean Up) Sweep (SRS) for artificial containers (sources) that breed mosquitoes. Such sources are tin cans, bottles, pots, pans, hollow plastics toys, tires, etc. (includes all containers that will hold water for 3 days or more). If anything holds water for 3 days or more, it can produce mosquitoes. Some of these container breeding mosquitoes are the Asian tiger mosquito, Southern house mosquito, and the yellow fever mosquito.
In cooperation with IESI, the new garbage collection company for Acadia Parish, dumpsters will be placed out near the Town Halls of Morse, Estherwood, and Mermentau. MCCI will furnish personnel to pickup these breeding sources on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (April 25th, 26th and 27th). Also homeowners are welcome to bring all small artificial containers to the dumpsters for disposal. Of course, residents can dispose of all these small breeding sources in their new automated garbage cans as long as they fit and covers close. No large tubs, refrigerators, washing machines, metal boxes or tractor tires will be allowed in the dumpsters or garbage cans.
The following weekend (May 2nd, 3rd and 4th), the same Source Reduction Sweep (SRS) will take place in Egan, Iota, Church Point and Mire. Glenn Stokes, President of MCCI, says he is not only interested in getting rid of adult mosquitoes, but he is even more interested in preventing them.
Stokes said he is eagerly looking forward to the Source Reduction Sweeps (SRSs) because it will not only make public roadsides and drainage channels look better, it will eliminate the production of as many as 30-40 generations of mosquitoes per year. So these populated areas will have fewer mosquitoes that are “homegrown” and less risk for disease. For information, please call 337-785-4456.