Mosquitoes Thrive After Hurricane Florence
Record rainfall this year in Virginia has meant that mosquitoes are making the most of their ideal habitat. It’s the perfect environment for them to thrive, as standing water left from downpours will become the perfect breeding ground for these all too familiar pests. If we look at the impact of the rainfall from Hurricane Florence, this has caused a significant rise the mosquito population.
The rain from Hurricane Florence has passed but the devastation lingers and so does the water. That water can provide the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. With warm temperatures expected to continue over the next several weeks, the mosquito population will likely remain high, especially with all of the standing water.
It’s not just Virginia that’s fighting mosquitoes after the hurricane. Many other parts of the United States are up against swarms of these disease spreading pests.
Homeowners are encouraged to take action to protect their yards from overwintering mosquito larvae due to this increase of population. These critters are going to survive well into the cooler months. Especially when they’re monsters such as these, terrorizing residents in North Carolina.
Amid post-Florence cleanup efforts in parts of North Carolina, some people are having to fend off swarms of large, aggressive mosquitoes up to four times the typical size in the wake of record flooding left behind from the Category 1 hurricane last month. In one video posted to Facebook, North Carolina resident Cassie Vadovsky told her young daughter as they contemplated fleeing their car as quickly as possible to escape the huge pests flying outside, “They’re not wasps; they’re mosquitoes.”
That should make anyone reach for the repellent! These monsters may be tiny, but they sure are terrifying.