With summer near, it’s time to prepare for those pesky mosquitoes

Mosquito abatement officials offer tips to keep from getting bitten this summer

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - If you step outside, you can start to hear the slight, annoying buzzing of those pesky mosquitoes that seemingly show up everywhere when it gets warm outside.

Crews with East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control have already started spraying to try to limit the blood sucking, itch inducing bugs that buzz around.

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"In some areas, the numbers are a little higher, they are, parts of the southeast, along Highland Road,” said Randy Vaeth, assistant director with EBR Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control.

He says he doesn’t know how bad the mosquitoes will be just yet.

"It's kind of difficult to predict in any long term what's going to happen,” he said.

George Bragg, the mosquito control superintendent with West Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement, says conditions are prime for an active year.

"They've gotten off to kind of a slow start here in the spring, but we did have a warm winter. We've got plenty of water out there, so we could have a busy season,” Bragg said.

There have not been any cases of West Nile or other illnesses carried by mosquitoes reported in Louisiana as of Friday, April 26, the day parishes send in mosquito samples for testing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive.

"Standing water is a problem,” Bragg said. “Any containers around your yard, tires, buckets, wheel barrels, boat tarps, rain barrels, anything like that, tip the water over, get rid of the water.”

Other tips include checking screens on your doors and windows to make sure they are not torn, keeping your grass cut, and making sure to stock up on bug spray to protect you and your family from bites and the diseases that can come with them.

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