Mosquito populations increase after several weeks of storms

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Weeks after Hurricane Ida and Nicholas, standing water remains over portions of the Baton Rouge area. And where there is water, there are mosquitoes.

“There’s a verity of things that have happened in the last couple of weeks that can increase the mosquito populations,” said LSU Asst. Prof. Environmental Science Rebeca de Jesús Crespo.

Crespo said flooding and lack of trash pick-up create the perfect breeding ground for the bugs.

“Hurricane Ida definitely created a lot more potential breeding sights,” Crespo said. “There might have been problems with trash pick up that could lead to more trash being on the ground… the excessive rain that we’ve had… All of those things combined could lead to a higher number of mosquitoes out there in the coming weeks.”

Electricity plays a major role in minimizing your exposure to mosquitoes.

“We have more people being exposed to them because of the power outages,” Crespo said. “You have more people having their doors open and getting out of their houses because they don’t have air conditioning and that exposes people to mosquito bites more frequently.”

She said the more exposed you are to mosquitoes, the condition for transmitting diseases becomes higher. And she also explained that it’s too early to tell if Louisiana is experiencing an increase yet, but they are still a problem.

“The good news is that we don’t have a lot of the viruses that are carried by mosquitoes are not currently detected here in our state,” Crespo said.

Crespo said one of the most important things is to reduce mosquitoes’ habitat as much as possible. You should get rid of containers that can collect water, like buckets and old tires. Use mosquito repellant, and avoid going out during dusk and dawn.

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