While this sounds like something straight out of a horror movie it seems some people’s livestock are essentially being sucked dry by mosquitoes in Louisiana now that Hurricane Laura is gone and the water she left behind is allowing them to produce more and more. This kind of thing is mind-blowing and truly scary.
According to USA Today, enormous swarms of them are killing off cows, deer, horses, and other things of that sort. Thousands of mosquitoes are attacking people’s pets and even going after things as big as bulls. While this really does sound insane, it’s happening, and we all need to be aware of it.
GlobalNews.Ca wrote as follows on this mind-blowing ordeal:
Farmers in Louisiana have lost some 300 to 400 cattle due to massive swarms of mosquitoes that have flourished since the storm, according to Dr. Craig Fontenot, a large-animal vet based in Ville Platte.
He says thick clouds of mosquitoes have descended on farmers’ fields, swarming over the livestock and leaving the animals weakened, anemic and exhausted. Many have been left bleeding under their skin, starving for oxygen until they eventually collapse and die.
“They’re vicious little suckers,” Fontenot told The Associated Press in an interview.
It seems this hurricane gave the mosquito population all it needed to explode in an enormous way. These enormous hordes of mosquitoes bite the animals so many times that they’re left anemic and bleeding under their skin according to Weather.com This forcing them the become exhausted as they do their best to get away from the swarms as best they can which eventually leads to their lives being lost.
While spraying has made a significant difference already, these people are not out of the dark just yet. They have a lot more to do and while we do not often hear of things like this, it has happened in the past before. Mosquitoes when able to repopulate in such a drastic manner are a much bigger threat than most could ever imagine.
USA Today reported as follows on this:
Jeremy Hebert, a LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish, told USA TODAY Thursday that residents along costal, marshy areas are accustomed to mosquitoes and expect the population to climb following a heavy rain. But the scale of this outbreak was much larger than Hebert expected: “I’ve never experienced anything like this.”
The species of mosquito doesn’t transmit human diseases easily, Christine Navarre, an extension veterinarian with LSU AgCenter, told USA TODAY on Thursday.
But people in the area needed to take precautions at the peak of the outbreak, Hebert said. He remembers wearing long shirts and pants to cover skin and sprinting to his barn to avoid the clouds of mosquitoes. If he went outside with skin exposed, the insects quickly covered his skin.
“As soon as you would walk outside, your legs would turn black from the sheer amount of mosquitoes,” Hebert said.
While humans are able to cover up, stay inside or swat the insects away, livestock were virtually defenseless against the swarms.
The livestock “can’t get away from (the mosquitoes) … they pace and they pace,” Navarre said. Some of those that survived may face ongoing heath problems like weight loss or susceptibility to disease.
We can only hope that getting this under control is going to be done soon as mosquitoes are really doing some damage. While 300 or 400 might not sound like a lot, the thought of being basically bitten to death by mosquitoes is enough to make your skin crawl. I feel so bad for the animals who have had to endure this.