Days of Rain Prompt Attack on Mosquitoes in St Tammany

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SLIDELL, La. (WGNO) – Slidell resident Gary Palermo is ready for the summer,  but he’s not looking forward to dealing with pesky mosquitoes.

“We have a lot of them,” exclaims Palermo.

St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District Director Chuck Palmisano says the parish deals with 47 different species, and with puddles piling up from days of rain he expects a big spoke in the mosquito population over the next few days.

Palmisano says, “We’re looking probably tomorrow and Thursday that we’re going to see a lot of these adults emerging.”

It’s why the parish is sending crews up and out.  Tonight two airplanes will be spraying against mosquitoes targeting bugs in Folsom and Slidell while 13 crews fight bugs in other parts of the parish.

Palmisano says every year St. Tammany deals with West Nile Virus and with the recent rain nuisance mosquitoes who could carry West Nile will be hatching over the next few days.

So far Palmisano says the have not gotten any reports of West Nile Virus. He says residents should make sure that there is no standing water around their property and wear mosquito repellent with deet.