Bogalusa City Council Adopts New Ordinance for Mosquito Abatement

Published 10:41 am Friday, July 7, 2023

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The Bogalusa City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance for mosquito abatement during their meeting on Thursday. The measure, aimed at tackling the mosquito problem in the city, is set to cost $76,032 and will be implemented over 12 weeks.

Under the new ordinance, a fee of 55 cents per acre will be assessed to fund the mosquito abatement program. The allocated funds will be drawn from the Public Works budget. The program is scheduled to begin on October 1st and will run until the end of the 12 weeks.

One of the key requirements outlined in the ordinance is that individuals involved in spraying chemicals must be certified. The council emphasized the importance of ensuring that only qualified personnel handle the chemicals used in the abatement process to ensure public safety.

City officials revealed that three bids were received for the mosquito abatement program. The winning bid was selected due to its inclusion of GPS tracking technology in the trucks used for spraying. GPS tracking will effectively monitor the trucks’ locations during the abatement process.