Mosquitoes, Crane Flies, and more…It’s South Louisiana y’all

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Just this weekend, I’d gone to the store, parked in my garage, and was headed into the house, when I had to battle one of those things we in South Louisiana like to refer to as “Mosquito Hawks”. It wanted in, and I did not want it there! Apparently, I’m not alone. A lot of people are talking about them. I know this because they’re all calling East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control about them.

“Right now we’re getting a lot of crane flies,” which is what Randy Vaeth with EBR Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control says they really are. And he says “People down here, they thing they’re a giant mosquito.”

Alas, they are not giant mosquitoes. Crane flies don’t bite, but they are an annoyance.

“When you open the carport door to bring the groceries, some of them are gonna come in,” Vaeth says, “flutter along the walls and it’s alarming people.”

While experts say it doesn’t do any good to spray for Crane Flies, the good news is they’ll be gone by March…just in time for actual mosquitoes to make comeback.

“We always have the house mosquito.” Vaeth went on saying, “That’s one that still, as the name implies, will get into your home. It’s the one that’s buzzing around your ear about two am.”

It’s one of many species of mosquitoes that are biters and one experts watch out for year round. That’s because the female house mosquito is the one that transmits West Nile Virus and even heartworms in dogs.

Right now, Vaeth says actual mosquito numbers are pretty low in East Baton Rouge Parish. But they’re always here, especially in warm years like this one, where we haven’t see a lot of freezing temperatures. If you live in South Louisiana, Vaeth recommends always taking the usual precautions if you’re going to be outside: empty any standing water where mosquito larvae can grow and always wear mosquito repellent and long sleeves.


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