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Ankle Biting Mosquitos

As we start to see hotter weather conditions, mosquito numbers seem to increase, residents are wondering when the season will end.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 3:52 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2021 9:43 AM

Lafayette, LA- You may have noticed an increase in the number of mosquitoes about lately. Many of us… are ready for cooler temperatures… and fewer bugs.

As we head deeper into fall, some such as University of Louisiana of Lafayette student Bella are becoming more than ready for mosquito season to end. "I'm just used to getting bite down here. i feel like it is worse because i've been finding a lot more bites on me."

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Shardae Chancey says the mosquitoes have gotten worse over the years. "I feel like depending on where you are they are worse. usually if I have to go outside if its not too hot. i wear like long pants and long sleeves."

Although one Louisianian says that it doesn't seem to work even though she sprays bug spray.  Jarmcie says it is something she learned to deal with living in louisiana. "I feel like you really can't, but its just a prevention I guess. I guess it makes it more tolerable."

University of Louisiana of Lafayette biology professor Mark A Genung says that mosquito season usuall lasts about 240 days. The heat and humidity here… don't cut the season short.

"Mosquitos are happiest when its eighty and eight-five degrees and if it gets any warmer or cooler than that, they'lll become less active. Once it gets down to fifty, they'll stop flying."

Professor Genung says the recent rain could have played a big factor in the recent mass of mosquitos. "The cloudy weather, the temperatures being a bit warmer, even into october both those things create an opportunity for them to lay eggs. That'll cause us to see more mosquitos."

Professor Gueng says that we should soon see a decrease in the number of mosquitoes, but always carry your bug spray around. To reduce mosquito populations in communities, officials advise residents to get rid of standing water in places like clogged rain gutters. Also, dump out any containers, buckets, or cups that may be sitting outside with rainwater.

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