New Orleans Steps Up Mosquito Fight

Jun 12, 2012

New Orleans officials say the city's Mosquito and Termite Control Board has detected higher numbers of mosquitoes in the city.

That includes the variety known as the Southern house mosquito, identified as a carrier of West Nile virus.

The city said Monday in a news release that the board has responded by using insecticides targeting mosquito larvae and adults. Also, adult mosquitoes are being treated by fog trucks and by airplane.

However, the city also is reminding residents to take steps to fight mosquito proliferation around their homes. Those steps include removing sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed, such as flower pots and pet water dishes.