SHREVEPORT, LA - Some say this deadly creature is just part of life in Louisiana. But this deadly pest will be back in full force this summer.

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With all the rain we have had, we can only wonder if this means a bumper crop of mosquitoes this year. We are already hearing about a positive test for West Nile virus in mosquitoes in Dallas County Texas already this year. This has local officials concerned about the mosquito population here.

Have We Had a Positive West Nile Test in NW Louisiana?

Kelvin Samuel is Assistant Director of Animal Services and Mosquito Control for Caddo Parish. He says there have been no positive tests so far this year. But he is quite worried. He says the recent rains will leave lots of standing water and that attracts mosquitos. But he says he is quite worried about a possible mosquito problem this year. Samuel says Caddo Parish residents are encouraged to pick up granules that you can put out to kill mosquitoes. These granules are pet and human safe and will cause no harm to your pets or children. But they will kill mosquitos. You can pick these up at the Monty Street location.

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Are the Trucks Spraying?

If you are seeing lots of mosquitoes in your neighborhood, you can request one of the trucks to come in and spray for the pesky bugs. Call Caddo Parish at 226-6624 or 965-9557 in Bossier Parish to get the trucks out in your area. You should also take precautions if you plan to spend time outdoors.

Courtesy of KTBS
Courtesy of KTBS

Remember the 4 D's

DEET: Use insect repellents that have the active ingredient DEET or other EPA-registered repellents.
DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing.
DRAIN: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace where mosquitoes could lay eggs. Standing water can be treated with larvicides.
DUSK to DAWN: Limit your time outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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How Many Cases of West Nile Virus Did Louisiana Have in 2023?

Total Human Disease Cases: 2,406
Neuroinvasive Human Disease Cases 1,599

47 states reported human West Nile cases last year.

Click here to get all the data from the CDC on West Nile Virus.

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