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How Hurricanes Aid Mosquitoes in Texas

In addition to destroying countless buildings, trees and vehicles, Hurricane Harvey unleashed an enormous mosquito swarm during September. Insect experts in Texas reported that most of these bugs were members of the psorophora species.

Traits

Psorophora mosquitoes rank among the biggest "skeeters" in the Lone Star State. They also seek prey more energetically and trigger greater discomfort than most other species. These insects probably laid their eggs before the rain began to fall. The eggs hatched and released fast-growing larvae as the storm arrived.

Development

This pest's larvae reach adulthood in less than four days. Unlike some bugs, they can live in mud when the water in a puddle evaporates. This adaptation makes it easier for huge swarms to take flight even if the sky quickly clears after rainy weather.

The majority of mosquitoes place eggs in stagnant water. A female psorophora mosquito behaves differently. It puts them on a dry surface near water. When a storm occurs and the water level rises, the eggs hatch as they become wet.

Hurricane Harvey dropped record-breaking amounts of rain along a portion of the coast that spans more than 400 miles. Nearly 40 inches fell during the month in Houston. This made it possible for abnormally large quantities of mosquitoes to proliferate.

Spraying

The pest problem became so severe that state officials sought assistance from the U.S. Air Force. Military airplanes sprayed pesticides across millions of acres. Meanwhile, Harris County deployed trucks with insecticide-spraying equipment.

Although the majority of these bugs don't transmit diseases, a species known as Aedes aegypti became prevalent after the storm. This mosquito can carry the dangerous Zika and West Nile viruses. Both illnesses have infected more than 100 Texans during 2017.

Precautions

Texas residents may shield themselves from these winged vampires by applying DEET sprays and wearing shirts with long sleeves. Unfortunately, the bugs can bite through some fabrics. Head nets offer additional protection. It's also important to regularly maintain window screens.

If a future hurricane prompts a mosquito outbreak near your Texas home, turn to Hart Pest Control. Our Houston-area company has reliably provided contract-free services for almost five decades. You can trust our talented staff to thoroughly banish pests at economical prices.

To get started, please dial 281-379-9400 today.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018