Here at WBR Mosquito Control, our mission is to protect the citizens of West Baton Rouge Parish from the threat of mosquito-borne disease and to combat nuisance mosquito problems to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community. To achieve our mission, we operate on an IMP (integrated pest management) basis, meaning that we employ multiple science-based principles to control mosquitoes. These principles include; mosquito surveillance, disease testing, larval mosquito control, adult mosquito control, source reduction, resistance testing, and public education. Below, are details on how we use these methods in our day-to-day operations.
- Ground ULV Spraying
- Ground Larviciding
- Source Reduction
- Mosquito Trapping and Testing
- Community Outreach
- Free Pesticide Products
On-Road ULV Applications
Ground-based Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) spray truck operations comprise the bulk of our pesticide-based tactics for the control of mosquitoes in WBR Parish. When and if we spray is based primarily on the weekly results of our disease and mosquito population surveillance program.
The pesticide products we use in our spray trucks are primarily water-based pyrethroid-type adulticides. All of the products we use at WBR Mosquito Control are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for the control of insect pests.
Our spray trucks typically spray either 1 to 4 hours after sunset or 1 to 4 hours before sunrise during mosquito season (March/April through October/November). There are multiple reasons for this including, it is scientifically proven that these are the two peak activity periods for mosquitoes, most beneficial insects (honey bees) are not impacted by the pesticide product, and weather conditions that can degrade the effectiveness of the spray (direct sunlight, wind, evaporation, lack of temperature inversion) are not present as they would be during daylight hours.
Our spray trucks are all outfitted with GPS tracking and computerized spray machine control technology. Our spray trucks are calibrated to spray from 2 to 20mph. The spray machine control will not allow the trucks to spray while stationary and also will not allow the trucks to spray if the truck is traveling over 20mph. If you are concerned that one of our drivers has missed your street or area, call our office, give us a date and time and we can look the spray mission up on our computer to confirm whether our driver executed their spray mission properly.
We would ask that when you see our trucks out spraying, please go inside for about 30 minutes. Our drivers are instructed to turn off the spray machine if people are standing by the road, walking, jogging, or bicycle riding towards them. They are instructed to travel approximately 100ft past the person or persons in proximity to the spray truck and then resume spraying. Although the products we use are safe for humans, pets, and plants when applied correctly, still they are pesticides and we do not recommend you run behind, play, or stand in the spray. Some of the products we use can be hazardous to some species of fish such as koi and goldfish if sprayed in direct proximity to them. For more information on spray truck policy and procedures, the pesticide products used, or to inquire about your area being sprayed or not, call our office at 225-214-5900.
Off-Road ULV Applications
Off-road ULV spraying is accomplished by the use of our Kawasaki SXS vehicles. These vehicles allow us to access areas that we could not safely or easily take a spray truck into.
We often use these vehicles to treat areas such as parish parks, areas behind the levee system, parish schools, and any other area that needs to be treated where we cannot take a spray truck into.
GIS Weekly Spray Zone Map
Our GIS spray zone map is a tool to inform the public of when and where ULV spray truck operations are scheduled to take place. The map is divided into north, central, and southern "spray zones". These zones contain one or more mosquito trap locations which, when found to have large mosquito numbers or disease-positive samples activate spraying and other control measures within that particular zone. You can access the map on the home page of this website, by checking out our weekly updates on our WBR Mosquito Control FaceBook Page, or by clicking here. We also have a short how-to video on how the map works and how to use its functions. You can access that video here.
Larviciding By Truck
Larviciding By Hand
Mosquito surveillance is one of the core principles of an integrated mosquito management program. Mosquito surveillance in our parish consists of capturing/trapping and testing mosquito larvae and adults to determine population density and disease presence. During mosquito season (March-November), the WBR Mosquito Control team is hard at work setting mosquito traps, taking mosquito landing rates, dipping for mosquito larvae, separating trapped mosquitoes by sex and species, submitting mosquito samples for testing, and documenting/archiving trap counts and tests results. Mosquito surveillance methods are wide and varied, below, are the surveillance methods that we employ at WBR Mosquito Control to determine mosquito population numbers, disease presence, and when/where control efforts should be activated within WBR Parish.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control) trap surveillance is another tool we use for the monitoring of mosquito populations and disease levels in the Parish. CDC traps are designed to catch various species of flood-water mosquitoes that can hatch out in very large numbers after periods of heavy rainfall such as the aftermath of tropical storm/hurricane events. These traps use a light source and a cooler filled with dry ice (flashes off carbon dioxide, many mosquitoes are heavily attracted to CO2) as attractants.
Dipping For Larvae
Public Education And Outreach
Part of our job at WBR Mosquito Control is to educate the public on why mosquito control is vitally important to a thriving community. We accomplish this by setting up education booths at local fairs and festivals, distributing educational print material, and making educational presentations at schools and public or departmental meetings.
We also believe in keeping the public informed on scheduled weekly control measures and mosquito surveillance/disease testing results. You can access our weekly spray zone map by clicking here. The map is updated weekly during mosquito season (March to November). All of our mosquito surveillance collection data and subsequent disease testing results are entered into a statewide database called VectorSurv. The database has a publicly accessible map that will show both local and national mosquito surveillance and disease testing results. You can access the map by clicking here.
This website, our presence on social media, and our YouTube Channel are also geared toward educating the public on what we do and what they can do to help control mosquitoes. If you are interested in having us set up a table at your event or having us make a presentation at your school, town meeting, or civic organization please contact our office at 225-214-5900, we would be glad to assist you.
Free Pesticide Products
We have several pesticide products that we provide to parish residents free of charge. These products can be obtained by visiting our main office (3147 Ted Denstel Rd. Port Allen, LA 70767) during regular business hours. You will need to provide your name, address, and phone number for record purposes. Products are issued at 1 pack of each per residential address within WBR Parish. If you have any questions you can contact our office at 225-214-5900.
For Mosquito Control
We offer two different products for larval control of mosquitoes, tablets designed for treating artificial containers and granules designed for treating standing water.
For Rodent Control
We offer two different products for rodent control, tamper-resistant bait boxes pre-filled with rodenticide and rat-sized glue boards two to a package.