Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) issued a statement today regarding presence of West Nile virus in Lafayette Parish.
As the Labor Day holiday approaches, officials remind the public that West Nile is widespread in the Lafayette Parish this year, as well as across the state.
Therefore, the public is advised to take all precautions necessary to prevent mosquito bites and to observe the five Ds:
- Dusk and Dawn (avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking blood, for most species this is during the dusk and dawn hours). There are mosquitoes that bit during the day.
- Dress (wear light-colored clothing that covers exposed skin)
- DEET (use mosquito repellents including DEET on skin when you are outside)
- Drainage (check your home and yard to rid it of standing water in which mosquitoes can lay their eggs).
For more information regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus or to request additional mosquito spraying in your area, please contact Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc. at 593-0123 or on their web site, MCCI.info.