Recent rainy weekends create mosquito explosion
BATON ROUGE - Following a couple weekends of steady rain, Baton Rouge residents are experiencing an explosion of mosquitoes.
Michelle Pylant, who lives in the Tara Subdivision says she began seeing the mosquitoes Thursday night.
"I had approximately 300-400 mosquitoes under my carport last night," she wrote to WBRZ. "It was so bad, I couldn't go out my back door without being attacked or them swarming around me!"
Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control says their phone has been ringing non-stop Friday, with people calling about the issue.
MARC director Dr. Todd Walker says the mosquitoes nest on moist ground and hatch when it rains. With more rain in the forecast, more mosquitoes are expected to hatch. Abatement trucks are spraying around Baton Rouge Friday, but do not spray while it's raining.
Pylant says she's alarmed at the quantity of mosquitoes around her house and neighborhood and is worried about walking her dog.
While the number of mosquitoes is alarming to some, Walker says this type of mosquito is not one that typically carries West Nile.
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