West Nile Problems in Baton Rouge

Louisiana residents joke about the prevalence of mosquitoes in the area by saying that the state bird IS the mosquito. This year has been especially challenging with the increase in mosquitoes and the virus they carry – West Nile.

2012 Stats for West Nile

Just this week, officials in the Baton Rouge area alerted neighborhoods to take extra precautions from being bit by mosquitoes because of the prevalence of West Nile. Research has indicated that the infection rate for mosquitoes is 11.1 percent for every 1,000 mosquitoes tested. That is almost twice the number that has been found in the past, and even those numbers resulted in human cases of the West Nile virus.

So far, there have been 53 cases of West Nile in the state of Louisiana, and positive samples of the virus have been found throughout the parishes. Officials have been placing mosquito traps in the Baton Rouge area to trap mosquitoes and test them for the virus. There is growing concern over encephalitis – swelling of the brain – which has been found to be part of the virus in some of the mosquitoes tested.

Concerns for Hunting Season

As always, health officials are most concerned about the very old and the very young, but the entire population is of concern at the immediate time. Not only has there been more West Nile activity this year compared to the last three to five years, but also the next three months are the peak of the season. With hunting season around the corner, this is also a concern over West Nile cases that will occur during the fall. With hunters spending long days outdoors and around trees and animals, the number of West Nile cases could spike.

Local Efforts to Prevent West Nile

Thankfully, 90 percent of West Nile cases are asymptomatic, which means you carry the virus but have no symptoms. In about 10 percent of cases, the person will develop a fever; those who are over 65 years of age are of greatest concern because they are at a higher risk for complications.

To protect yourself against the virus, Louisiana officials urge all residents to look for standing water around their home and eliminate it – regularly. That means dumping out water that sits in flower pots, buckets, swimming pools and bird baths.

Working with a pest control company like Dugas Pest Control can get your home safe from these pesky insects so you don’t have to worry. It’s important to choose a local company that understands the unique environment of the south and how these damp and wet conditions can provide mosquitoes with the perfect grounds for breeding. You can also expect to see the Baton Rouge area stepping up in its own precautionary efforts, spraying each day to control these pesky pests.

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Insect Control in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

If you are a resident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, you know that insect control is a must for every single home. This climate and region creates the perfect habitat for fire ants, spiders, cockroaches, ticks, silverfish, mosquitoes, and many other pests to thrive. However, that does not mean that you should have to share your home with these unwelcome guests!

Common insect problems in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

Termites
A termite infestation can cause significant damage to your home or business. Dugas Pest Control is an authorized applicator for the leading termite control solution: Sentricon. Each of these termite treatment systems has their own advantages, but no matter which one you choose rest assured that they will eliminate current termite colonies and prevent future infestations from occurring. Ask us if you have questions about which termite control system is right for you.

Mosquitoes
Like many pests, mosquitoes can potentially carry dangerous viruses (such as West Nile), and are a very common insect to find in Baton Rouge. Step one in getting a handle on a mosquito problem is to eliminate standing water and any other breeding areas for mosquitoes around your home. Step two is to consider a mosquito control treatment system to further protect your home against this annoying pest.

Fleas, Ticks & Fire Ants
Even if you don’t have pets, fleas and ticks can still be a problem. And for those who do have pets, especially those who go both inside and outside, controlling fleas and ticks is a must! Ants can be another nagging problem here in south Louisiana both indoors and outdoors as we have more than our share of ant species in this area.

How to get control of insects

Your pest control provider should help you understand how to prevent insect problems from occurring by helping you diagnose the problem and offering suitable treatment solutions. This also means helping each customer learn to identify potential insect problems, such as nesting sites, entry ways, or optimal breeding grounds that can be eliminated.

Once the initial insect problem is under control, the goal is to set up a perimeter from the outside that will protect your home from unwanted intruding insects. Most of the insect control treatments last several months at a time, and a Dugas Pest Control trained professional will return on a regular basis to maintain your protection.

Top 10 reasons to get rid of mosquitoes using the Coastal Mosquito System

We might joke about mosquitoes being the state bird of Louisiana, but if you have a mosquito problem around your home or business it is no laughing matter.  Mosquitoes not only annoy us, but also spread potentially serious diseases even here locally in the Baton Rouge / southern Louisiana area.

If you have grown tired of poor results from mosquito control products that are “do it yourself” or purchased from a big box store, we’d like to suggest you take a closer look at the CoastalMister System™.  In fact, we even came up with a “Top 10” list of reasons this product beats any you’ve seen before.

 Top 10 Reasons to Consider the CoastalMister™ System for Mosquito Control:

  1. Health: Mosquito-borne diseases like Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, Gengue, and Encephalitis all pose a serious health threat. Protect you and your family against the risk today.
  2. Safety: Pyrethrum is a natural insecticide extracted from Chrysanthemum flowers; it is EPA registered, and leaves no residue. We are Eco-friendly and safe to the environment.
  3. Effective: The system kills mosquitoes, flies, and gnats. It works and it works well.
  4. Comfort: Your family, clients, and workers can once again enjoy the outdoors.
  5. Adaptability: The system can be designed to fit the needs of the most unique landscapes and outdoor areas.
  6. Convenience: The system has four operation modes giving you total control or hands-free operation. With four speeds; Automatic, manual, remote control and timer (optional).
  7. Low Cost: Pyrethrum concentrates are highly diluted and will provide months of protection.
  8. Guaranteed: Your satisfaction is guaranteed with a one year warranty.
  9. Experienced technical support: Available for installation and maintenance support.
  10. Customized: The CoastalMister System™ option gives you the flexibility to choose according to your needs and budget. Our skilled technicians are ready to help you better protect your home or business.

So why not try it today? We provide pest control services for communities in the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche and Tangipahoa and hope to serve in neighboring areas soon.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us online or give us a call today to schedule your free inspection and estimate.

Serious health issues that come from mosquitoes

While mosquitoes may merely seem like an inconvenience to some outdoorsy types, they are actually a major source of serious diseases worldwide.  Here are a few facts you may not know about mosquito-spread illness:

  • It is estimated that mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases to more than 70 million people every year!
  • Worldwide, malaria is a leading cause of premature mortality, particularly in children under the age of five, with around 5.3 million deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
  • The viral diseases Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever are transmitted mostly by the Aedesaegypti mosquitoes.
  • Other viral diseases such as the Epidemic Polyarthritis, Rift Valley Fever, Ross River Fever, St. Louis Encephalitis, West Nile Virus (WNV), Japanese Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis.
  • Several other encephalitis type diseases are carried by several additional types of different mosquitoes too.

Health threats in the United States

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) occur widely within the United States. Together they contribute disease to humans, horses, and even some bird species. Because of the high mortality rate, EEE and WEE are regarded as two of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States. Symptoms range from mild flu-like illness to Encephalitis, coma and unfortunately, death. West Nile virus was introduced into the United States in 1999. As quickly as 2003 it had spread to almost every state with over 3,000 cases reported in 2006 alone.

Mosquito Control Recommendation

While the facts are considerably downbeat, there are preventative and treatable options available on the market to help eliminate these pests and help curb the spread of diseases – and the one we prefer at Dugas Pest Control is the Coastal Mister system.

CoastalMister™ is an Outdoor Solutions, Inc. product and service dedicated to the prevention and relief of Malaria. With years of expert research and development by experienced scientists, chemists, and tntomologists, Dugas Pest Control is proud to offer the current Version IV to the CoastalMister System™. This system is an automatic, reliable mosquito control alternative with advanced misting light sensor patent-pending Dusk-Dawn technology.

Coastal Mister offers not only the top of the line mosquito control, but also reliable customer support and service.