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Mosquito populations are rising

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The floods have gone down, but the population of mosquitoes is expected to rise.

"The way it's going, the cycle is going to keep going for a while and people can expect to have above average mosquitoes," said Lucas Terracina.

The steady rain and high winds have been the main factor for an increase of mosquitoes, but it's also affected something else.  It reduced the time in the evening mosquito control can provide relief with spraying.

"This time of year it's tough for us to get a lot of control because we may get two nights of spraying and be shut down three nights. When you get conditions like that you never catch up," said Terracina.

With less effective spraying, residents living in the lake area are concerned with more mosquitoes.

"It's really going to be bad. If you have standing water you need to get rid of that so mosquitoes don't multiple," said Homer Lejeune.

"Plenty of mosquitoes will be coming to this area with all the sitting water," said Albert Citizen.

Once mosquito numbers start to pick up, residents say it will limit their time outside.

"Most people don't like getting bit," said Santana Praylor.

"Just the threat of catching a virus from them," said Lejeune.

If you're going to be outside, residents should be ready by following these guidelines:

  • Dress appropriately,
  • Avoid perfumes and colognes,
  • Have enough repellents available, and also
  • Eliminate standing water

The mosquitoes will continue to be active until the weather changes.

"We need consistent cool weather and dry conditions where a lot of these standing water holes will dry up," said Terracina.

Until we get that kind of weather, the mosquitoes will be out in full force.

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