Remove Any Standing Water After A Storm
The recent heavy rain storm that hit New Orleans caused widespread flooding. The large amount of rain associated with Hurricane Barry left standing water on many properties. Right now, it is very important that you check your yard for pooling water or water gathering in items like trash cans and garden pots. Even though adult mosquitoes do not generally survive high winds during a hurricane or heavy storms, Mosquito eggs laid in the soil by floodwater mosquitoes may still hatch. This typically leads to a very large population of floodwater mosquitoes.
What You Need To Know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that these types of mosquitoes are called nuisance mosquitoes. Nuisance mosquitoes do not typically spread viruses that make people sick. The types of mosquitoes that can spread viruses may increase 2 weeks to 2 months after a hurricane, especially in areas that did not flood but received more rainfall than usual. In areas with Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the spread of Zika, chikungunya, or dengue, may increase from the hatching of Ae. aegypti eggs from water-holding containers, according to the CDC.
Because people spend more time outside cleaning up after a hurricane or flood, they are more likely to be bitten by nuisance mosquitoes. Large numbers of nuisance mosquitoes can affect recovery efforts. For this reason, local or state mosquito control experts will often take steps to control these mosquitoes. But, you can help with the mosquito efforts but removing standing water on your property. Normally, water can pool in trash can tops, small containers, and storage containers. Try to empty these items regularly.
For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/vector/mosquitoes-and-hurricanes.html