Lafourche increases mosquito spraying after man dies

LAROSE, LA (WVUE) - Tessie Cantrelle doesn't mess around when it comes to mosquitoes.

"We have two blowers on our porch, we run our fans just to try to keep them away," said Cantrelle. "We also buy that area spray."

Now, after hearing a man in her Larose neighborhood may have died from West Nile, and finding a notice from the Lafourche Parish on her door - she's definitely not taking any chances.

"I honestly haven't been coming out like I normally do," she said.

Lafourche Parish officials believe West Nile encephalitis is what killed an 82-year-old Larose man earlier this week. His family told FOX 8 that he was taken to the hospital Sept. 11 with headaches and double vision. His condition worsened, and he passed away four days later.

Lafourche Parish has never had a West Nile-related death and it's still waiting on test results from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to confirm if the disease is what killed the man.

In the meantime, crews have been treating drains to kill mosquito eggs and larvae. They've also been spraying aggressively in the Larose neighborhood and surrounding areas since Monday. Another treatment is scheduled for Thursday.

"We can't kill everything, but these sprays do go a long way," said Lafourche Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson. "You'll also see a guy with a truck and a wand getting inside of catch basin and ditches just making sure we get the stuff the fog doesn't get."

The parish also wants residents to do their part. The notices suggest they clear out standing water and wear bug repellant when outdoors.

These are all things Tessie Cantrelle won't be forgetting anytime soon.

"It hits home. You hear things, but when you get home, open the door, and you have this flyer on your door," said Cantrelle. "It's a little scary."

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