Mosquitoes Boom During Warm, Wet Fall Season in Louisiana
Each summer, Louisiana – like much of the South – endures month after month of searing heat and uncomfortable humidity with the hope that, eventually, cooler temperatures will come to relieve them and kill off all the bugs waltzing around like they own the place.
Thanks to El Niño`s warm pattern, temperatures are well above average in the Bayou, and rainy weather has allowed those insects to thrive and multiply.
"It’s like waiting all year for a present that you know is coming, and then being handed an unwrapped box of coal," wrote meteorologist Josh Eachus in WxShift.
KSLA.com has called it a "full-blown mosquito outbreak" across southeastern Louisiana, and much of the state, for that matter. As long as the rain continues and cold temperatures remain at bay, it`ll take drastic measures to control the population of these blood-thirsty insects.
Todd Walker, director of the Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control department, told the Advocate that mosquitoes lay their eggs in wet areas, and those eggs won`t hatch until the water level rises a certain amount. This year, the rain keeps falling and water levels keep rising, and that means more baby mosquitoes in Louisiana than they usually see this time of year.
To say that it has been an annoyance for local residents would be an understatement.
“I’ve never seen this many in my life,” local resident Michelle Pylant told the Advocate.
What the state, and much of the South, needs at this point is cold, dry weather to end the insect invasion. But there`s another bug that`s showing up in huge numbers early in the winter: mudbugs, or crawfish, according to WxShift. Unlike the mosquito, residents are happy to see this bug arrive a few weeks ahead of peak season, and local suppliers say the early-season crawfish yields have been booming.
If only eating more crawfish kept the mosquitoes away, Louisiana might have an easy solution to its nasty problem.