Mosquitos test positive for West Nile in Beaumont

Ben Davidson
July 28, 2018

Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

"The city is doing spraying within the city limits". The number of mosquitoes collected will serve to quantify the adult population and provide specimens to be submitted for retesting at Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab.

Mosquitoes can live indoors and outdoors, and some types bite during the day while others bite at dusk and dawn.

Sheeley said you may or may not feel the symptoms if you're infected, but to call your doctor if you have a fever or joint discomfort after being bitten. Additionally, it is important to check the condition of window screens to prevent mosquitoes coming inside one's home.

Residents are encouraged not to keep areas of stagnant water on their property, to wear insect repellent with DEET, and to avoid exposing skin when at outside at dusk by wearing socks, shoes, long sleeves and long trousers.

The elderly are more at risk of getting sick because their immune system is often weaker.

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Experts say eliminating standing water can help control mosquitoes.

For more information, contact Lowndes County Public Works at 229-671-2700.

Follow the WBR Mosquito Control Facebook page for weekly updates and visit The Mosquito Control Department page on for a map of zones testing positive and spraying schedule. Fogging is always conducted in early morning and is expected to begin Thursday, July 26, and/or Friday, July 27, to provide relief to those South Meadows neighborhoods from increased mosquito activity.

West Nile virus activity generally decreases in the fall when cooler temperatures arrive and especially after the first frost of the season, the release stated.

The City's Public Works Department treats almost two dozen bodies of stagnant water on public property each month utilizing Larvicide tablets.

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