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The Second “Storm”

As Hurricane Michael barrels toward America, areas already impacted by Hurricane Florence, face flooding, heavy rain, and … mosquitoes.

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“If you see mosquitoes often, then you’re going to say, ‘Wow, that’s a big mosquito.’ “

Asst. Prof Michael Reiskind, Dept. of Entomology at NC State University speaking about mosquitoes 3x the normal size emerging post Hurricane Florence. While these giants deliver painful bites, they do not carry dangerous diseases,but the second wave to hatch can & Reiskind worries another hurricane could make the issue worse. NC will spend $4M to spray for mosquitoes.
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Hurricanes & Mosquitoes

  • Mosquitoes thrive in wet environments, but cannot survive hurricane winds.
  • Mosquitoes that hatch quickly after a rainstorm are generally “nuisance mosquitoes” (not dangerous).
  • But, according to the CDC, 2-8 weeks after a bad rainstorm, mosquitoes that carry the most dangerous viruses can emerge.
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Why It Matters

  • While the risk of infection is still small, states like Florida & North Carolina have mosquitoes that carry dangerous viruses like Zika & West Nile. We want less of these mosquitoes, not more.
  • You are most at risk in the Southern U.S., but these pests have found their way up both coasts, as far as New Jersey and Northern California.
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In states like Texas, that haven't experienced a hurricane this year, mosquito populations this fall have also grown due to heavy rainfall. In the Fort Worth area, the mosquito population, including the one that carries West Nile, is up nearly 170%.

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