Parts of Louisiana see spike in mosquitoes after Hurricane Laura

Northern Louisiana could potentially see a large spike of mosquitoes after the remnants of Beta
Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 6:45 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The mosquito problem in Louisiana is continuing to affect several areas and parishes post-Hurricane Laura and it continues to grow tremendously. In southern parts of the state, the mosquito swarms are so bad they are even killing off farm animals.

Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement Director Shannon Rider helped put that extreme in a more local perspective. Rider shared that while certain parts of the state are basically under mosquito direst, areas here in north Louisiana are seeing something a little more moderate.

Rider says the mosquitoes that are terrorizing southern Louisiana are a floodwater species of mosquitoes and hatch when large pools of water lay stagnant for a long period. When the mosquito larva hatch, an entire generation of millions and millions of mosquitoes blanket the area all at once.

The reason we didn’t have that problem here? Simply because the land was so dry prior to the rain it absorbed the water immediately. However, Rider says we aren’t all in the clear quite yet.

“Here we did not have that simply because it did not rain enough here to thwart a hatch off like that, so the rains that we are experiencing now, if they don’t stop sometime soon and allow the ground to soak that water in, we could experience a mosquito hatch off here. Not in the same numbers or counts that they had there.”

Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement has a few tips for the community to help better protect themselves from the mosquito influx:

•Try to limit outdoor activities after dark as much as possible.

• If you must be outside at night, wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing; i.e., long sleeve shirts and long pants.

• Purchase and use a good mosquito repellent. Preferably one containing either DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

• Check screens on windows and doors for damage and repair as necessary.

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