SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Drones are getting used to assist combat mosquitoes in north Louisiana.
The Caddo Parish Animal Companies and Mosquito Management fights a mosquito inhabitants for over 900 sq. miles, utilizing eight mosquito vans to reply throughout the complete parish. This yr, it’s introducing new, state-of-the-art drone expertise to help in mosquito eradication efforts.
The drones will spray insecticide into hard-to-reach areas within the parish to kill mosquito larvae and hold the inhabitants below management earlier than the breeding season kicks into excessive gear in the summertime months, The Instances reported.
“We’re enthusiastic about having the ability to deal with mosquitoes within the parish in areas that we haven’t been in a position to deal with earlier than,” stated Caddo Mosquito Management Supervisor Brian Glascock. “We’re in a position to fly the drone over these areas and drop larvicide, hitting the mosquito larvae earlier than they develop into adults.”
The parish will even proceed to gather and ship mosquito specimens day by day to the LSU veterinary lab for West Nile testing, which continues to be current in Caddo Parish.
Mosquito populations develop and flourish in areas of standing water. The company encourages all residents to assist management the mosquito inhabitants and decrease the chance of contracting West Nile by adopting the next practices:
— Put on a mosquito repellent containing 15% DEET or greater
— Put on long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside
— Shut home windows and doorways; eradicate standing water round your house
— Clear and chlorinate swimming swimming pools and empty pets’ water pans day by day.