HOW OFTEN AM I SPRAYED?
On average, all areas of Lafayette
& St. Mary Parishes are sprayed once every 10 days. However,
there are several overriding factors: rainfall, high winds,
and/or cold temperatures may cause cancellations of a scheduled
treatment. Areas with extraordinary numbers of mosquitoes or
areas with disease potential are preferentially sprayed.
WHAT CHEMICALS ARE USED TO SPRAY
We use the safest, most
environmentally friendly adulticiding chemicals available. We
spray adult mosquitoes with 3rd generation
pyrethroids. We spray larvae and pupae (wrigglers and tumblers)
with various larvicides that are selective and safe. Bacteria,
monomolecular films and insect growth regulators are utilized in
larvicide treatments. We also use small, predatory mosquito fish
(Gambusia) for natural control.
DOES MCCI SPRAY ON PRIVATE PROPERTY?
Yes, we do, but only with the express
permission of the property owner. Mosquitoes breed, bite and rest
everywhere. An effective mosquito control program cannot be
attained if spraying and other control efforts were limited to public
HOW MUCH DOES A SPRAYING COST ME?
Sprayings are paid for by your tax
dollars, and Lafayette & St. Mary Parish residents do not pay a fee
for scheduled area treatments or requests for property inspections.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT MOSQUITOES?
Eliminate mosquito breeding sites in
and around your house and yard. Tires, bottles, tree holes,
birdbaths, swimming pools, and flowerpot saucers collect water and
breed mosquitoes. Change water in your pets water bowls at least
twice per week
DO MOSQUITOES BREED IN GRASS OR
No. Mosquitoes rest in grass and
weeds, and come out to find a blood meal. Mosquitoes stay in
water until they emerge as adults.
WHERE DO MOSQUITOES COME FROM?
All mosquitoes need water to
reproduce. Mosquito eggs hatch directly into water where they
grow as larvae (wigglers or wrigglers) and pupae (tumblers) before they
emerge as flying, biting adults.
WHAT ARE THE PEAK TIMES OF MOSQUITO
Most species of mosquitoes are most
active in evenings (sunset) or mornings (sunrise). However,
certain mosquito species are active during daylight hours if
disturbed. Other species of mosquitoes are active nearly all
WHO DO I CALL IN SOLVING A MOSQUITO
Select which PARISH you reside in, and
HOW LONG DO MOSQUITOES LIVE?
On average, mosquitoes live about
20-30 days. In the coldness of winter, they may live twice as
long. Of course, through effective mosquito control, mosquitoes
can be prevented or killed in the larval, pupae or adult stage thus
preventing biting and disease transmission.
DO TREE HOLES, TIRES AND FLOWER
POT SAUCERS BREED MOSQUITOES?
Yes. There are several species
of particularly bad mosquitoes that breed in these and other water
containers around the house. These mosquitoes are bad in terms of
being able to transmit diseases and their biting habits.
IF I HAVE A POND OR STANDING
WATER ON MY PROPERTY, DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO PREVENT MOSQUITOES?
Yes. You should carefully
inspect the edges of the pond. If you see mosquito larvae
(wigglers) or pupae (tumblers), then you should call Mosquito Control
Contractors for assistance in correcting and preventing mosquito
ARE MOSQUITOES DANGEROUS?
YES. Mosquitoes account
for more human deaths each year than any other animal. In
Louisiana, they transmit several potentially deadly viruses to humans
and domestic animals.
WHAT DISEASES DO MOSQUITOES
Mosquitoes can carry serious diseases
such as Encephalitis (sleeping sickness), Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever,
Malaria, West Nile virus, and dog heartworms.
DO BOTH MALE AND FEMALE MOSQUITOES
No. Only the female mosquitoes
bite. The females need a blood meal to produce eggs. Male
mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and other plant liquids.
WHAT IS THE BEST MOSQUITO REPELLENT?
Any personal insect repellent
containing the active ingredient DEET applied to skin or clothing
provides the best protection from biting mosquitoes. Picaridin
and oil of lemon eucalyptus are also approved by the CDC as effective
WHY DONT I SEE THE ULV SPRAY
TRUCKS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD? DOES THIS MEAN WERE NOT GETTING
TREATMENTS IN OUR AREA?
Mosquito control spray treatments
should be applied when mosquitoes are most active, in early morning or
evening. During peak mosquito infestations, our ULV trucks may
spray your neighborhood at a time when you are asleep and do not notice
our passage. During warmer times, trucks begin spraying as early
as 5 a.m. or as late as 10 p.m.
What chemical does a ULV truck
Trucks use Permanone 30-30. The
chemical's MSDS is Here
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Spray Request Form