Mosquito Abatement

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Mosquito Abatement

The Iberville Parish Mosquito Abatement Departments primary objective is to provide a means of controlling the transmission of mosquito-borne illness by reducing the Parish’s mosquito population to a tolerable level in the safest, most economical manner using a verity of methods in such a way as to minimize potential effects on people, wildlife and the environment parish wide.

Mosquito suppression is far more than a convenience; it is a vital health and safety service we provide throughout the entire parish and all its cities.

To learn more about mosquito control methods and how to protect yourself from mosquito carrying diseases see available resources below.

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Dept. Director Gail Salvadras

  • (225) 687-5190

Additional Info

Two (2) mosquito abatement trucks spray, throughout Iberville, five (5) days a week weather permitting. When the temperature at night reaches 55 degrees and over, for some consecutive nights in a row, that is when the adulticiding spraying program proceeds.

The parish also has an all terrain vehicle with a mounted sprayer to reach more remote areas. 

Protecting Yourself

  • If you will be outside, you should wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30 percent DEET when used on children. Insect repellents also are not recommended for children younger than 2 months of age. CDC recommends that you always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent.
  • Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Do not apply under your clothes or on broken skin.
  • To apply repellent to your face, spray on your hands and then rub on your face, avoiding your eyes.
  • Adults should always apply repellent to children.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time.
  • Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • Make sure that your house has tight-fitting windows and doors, and that all screens are free of holes.

Protecting Your Home

  • Reduce the mosquito population by eliminating standing water around your home, which is where mosquitoes breed.
  • Dispose of tin cans, ceramic pots and other unnecessary containers that have accumulated on your property. Turn over wheelbarrows, plastic wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children's toys or anything that could collect water.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers. Drainage holes that are located on the container sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check and clean roof gutters routinely. They are often overlooked, but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left unattended by a family for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.

Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika Viruses

Nearly all dengue cases reported in the 48 continental states were acquired elsewhere by travelers or immigrants. Prior to 2006, chikungunya virus disease was rarely identified in U.S. travelers. Beginning in 2014, chikungunya virus disease cases were reported among U.S. travelers returning from affected areas in the Americas and local transmission was identified in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Beginning in 2015, the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Americas was reported in Brazil. Following the spread of Zika virus throughout the Caribbean and the Americas, there was marked reported increase in the number of infections reported among travelers. Because contact between Aedes sp. mosquitoes and people is infrequent in the continental U.S., these imported cases rarely result in local transmission in the continental U.S.

*Information provided by Louisiana Department of Health, Fight the Bite

Below are links and guides to aid you in preventing mosquitos, and the potential risk of disease carried by some species. 

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Home Checklist: Mosquito Prevention
Mosquito Fact Sheet (LSU Ag)
West Nile Fact Sheet (CDC)

Department Address:
59705 Bayou Road
Plaquemine, LA 70764

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.