September 9, 2014
The Lydia Cancer Association will hold the 12th Annual Fais Do Do & Cajun Food Fest this coming weekend at Weeks Park. Ahead of this year’s Cajun Food Fest, the Iberia Parish Mosquito Abatement District will conduct aerial operations targeting Lydia and surrounding areas. As with all outdoor activities the District is urging citizens to protect themselves and the little ones against mosquito bites and mosquito borne diseases! It is imperative that citizens keep insect repellent handy, wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors and get rid of mosquito breeding sites near the home!
Aerial operations will be Thursday (9/11) evening if weather conditions are favorable. Operations will begin just prior to sunset and last approximately two and one half (2.5) hours.
During this period, only hypersensitive individuals or persons that wish to avoid all exposure to chemicals in the designated spray area should refrain from outdoor activities; otherwise all other citizens can proceed with normal outdoor activities!
Citizens will notice a low flying aircraft --- If the aircraft is overhead DO NOT look up to stare or attempt to follow the path of the aircraft. The aircraft is traveling quickly and will be out of the area in a brief period!
Operations Thursday night (zone 4a, 5 & 6) will encompass the Port of Iberia, Lydia and Grand Marais, specifically, Pesson, Curtis Ln., areas east of Avery Island and Bayou Jack to Old Jeanerette Rd. and LSU Bridge Rd. then southeast to Hwy. 90, Hubertville Rd. and 80 Arpent Rd. as well as all points in between.
• Apply mosquito repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and apply as directed on the label!
• Protect children sensitive to insect bites with repellent and cover exposed skin --- there are many preparations sold in drug stores and camping sections of local stores that are formulated for adults as well as children.
• Wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors particularly at DAWN and DUSK.
• Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when outside for prolonged periods.
If you have any questions or mosquito related problems feel free to contact our office at (337) 365-4933. Please visit us on the web www.iberiaparishgovernment.com and click on “Mosquito Control” --- like us on Facebook for the latest. For more information about West Nile Virus and pesticides for mosquito control please visit www.cdc.gov and www.epa.gov.