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Hurricane Laura created the perfect storm for mosquitoes to take over Louisiana

Mosquitoes are here in town and all across Louisiana some area it’s so bad that they’re calling it a mosquito pandemic.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 1:25 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 1:29 PM

Now after Hurricane Laura, the new buzz that everyone’s talking about is pretty irritating.

Mosquitoes are here in town and all across Louisiana some area it’s so bad that they’re calling it a mosquito pandemic.

If a category four hurricane wasn’t bad enough now Louisiana is getting hit again.

“It’s the swarm after the storm,” Jessica Fredieu with Mosquito Joe in Lafayette-Lake Charles.

She says hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes making South Louisiana they’re home.

“That is with all the floodwater, the storm surge and the rain waters in general that come inland,” said Fredieu. “ They can hatch in 1 to 3 days so that’s why we’re really seeing an uptick across the board.”

Because of these pesky nuisances, her business is keeping busy.

”We are slammed,” said Fredieu. “Especially in the rural areas. They’re saying that they can’t open their doors.”

Her company takes care of the problem. They go and look at people's property and come up with a solution.

“We actually mix a mosquito cocktail based on what that property needs and we give it a nice solid barrier spray around their homes. It repels mosquitoes and eliminates them on contact.”


Mosquito Joe employees agree this is the most they’ve seen just about everywhere.

And this species of mosquito is coming in full force.

”They are actually strong flyers so they can travel miles in with aided windspeed they can actually go up to 40 miles inland,” said Fredieu.

The big issue they’re not only irritating they can also carry nasty illnesses like West Nile, Zika, and for dogs heartworm.

Now if you do have to be outside Fredieu says don’t worry there are a few things you can do to help from getting bit.
You can dark colors, spray repellent on yourself, and get rid of all standing water around your home to help with the problem.

But if it’s too much around your home Mosquito Joe here in Lafayette says they will get you covered.

For more information from Mosquito Joe, you can go here

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