Mosquito Control Contractors Incorporated owner Glen Stokes told "Mornings With Ken and Bernie" today that he is worried about the rain associated with Hurricane Isaac.  Stokes say he worries the rain will offer a great breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Stokes said,

"They pick up a virus from a bird, you know West Nile Virus.  Then they're give that virus to you."

He worries that while people are busy preparing for some strong winds and rain, that they will let their guard down about remembering to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

"Water that stays around for more than three days will breed mosquitoes and can produce mosquitoes in particular if it stays as long as a week, " Stokes cautions.  He says it is important for you to remember to get rid of any standing water on your property both before and after Isaac has left the Acadiana area.

Stokes says people can easily help to protect themselves if they follow the five D's.  They are as follows:

  • drain water from any areas outside of your home
  • limit your time outside at dawn
  • limit your time outside at dusk
  • dress with long sleeves and pants
  • wear mosquito repellant with DEET

Stokes says doing these five things will help you to protect your family from West Nile Virus.  While the majority of the cases have no systems, the neuro-invasive form can cause swelling in the brain.  Stokes cautions that it is really important now to protect yourself.  He says, " and we right at the peak time of mosquito activity and West Nile.  We're exactly the peak, and it's going to last until the end of September."