Mosquito control expects mosquito population to grow

Mosquito control expects mosquito population to grow

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Lake Charles Regional Airport measured just under 5.5 inches of rain in the last week.

Scott Willis, director of Mosquito Control for Calcasieu Parish, says all that water creates a breeding ground for summer’s least favorite bug.

Willis says get ready for the number of times you have to swat at or itch because of a mosquito to go up - it usually takes seven to 10 days for mosquitoes to breed.

“We’ve had a lot of rain and, in the next week or so - it’s usually seven to 10 days or so - we’re expecting some populations of mosquitoes to come off of all this rain we’ve had here recently," Willis said.

He suggests doing preventative measures like using repellants and emptying out containers like flower pots that collected water during the storms.

"Containers are always important around the home to empty any time we've had a lot of rain like this,” Willis said. “That's one habitat you can expect them to be in. but you can also expect mosquitos from other habitats from salt marsh, some of our agricultural areas, woods."

He says as we head into the mosquito season, be ready with repellants and mosquito traps.

“If you’re having an issue with mosquitoes, above normal, just give us a call and we’ll be glad to come check out your problem and try to help you,” Willis said.

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