Director's Message

Dennis Wallette
 
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Welcome to our web site.   Our hope is that the information contained here will help you to better understand who we are, what we do, and the reasons behind our efforts.

At the Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement District, we have a commitment to excellence. We take great pride in the fact that our inspectors and supervisors are certified by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) as pesticide applicators. Further, our employees receive far more continuing education and training than the LDAF requires.

We take seriously our responsibility to enhance the quality of life of the citizens in the District by allowing them to better enjoy outdoor activities, but also to protect public health by eliminating mosquitoes that can transmit disease. While we will never eliminate all mosquitoes, our goal is for you to see a noticeable difference because of our efforts.

In short, we are here to serve you. If you ever have any particular concerns about mosquitoes, or questions about our operations, you are always welcome to call or write.

Sincerely,

Dennis Wallette
Director

Dennis L. Wallette, Jr. is the Director of the Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement District. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1987, and his M.S. in Entomology from Louisiana State University in 1999.

Dennis was hired as a Biologist at the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control District in 1990. In 2002, he was hired as the Medical Entomologist for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In 2003, he become the Director of the newly created Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement District.

Dennis has served on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association since 2004. He served as its President in 2005 and has served as its Secretary-Treasurer since 2008. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Mosquito Control Association from 2006-2012.

He has been a member of the Hammond-Ponchatoula Sunrisers Rotary Club since 2009 and served as its President for the term ending in 2018. Dennis is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association and also the Lion Athletic Association. He is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Tangipahoa.

Dennis has been a frequent guest lecturer for various biology classes at SLU and has also served in the mentoring program for the LSU College of Agriculture.