Fayetteville, North Carolina, which has recently been hit by the Hurricane Florence, is currently suffering from aggressive mosquitoes that are almost three times as big as ordinary mosquitoes.
An entomology professor at North Carolina State University, Michael Reiskind, in his interview to The Fayetteville Observer, notes that a huge amount of water flooding the city after the Hurricane Florence caused the Psorophora ciliata mosquitoes to hatch.
These mosquitoes are known for their painful bites and often lay eggs in low-lying wet areas. It is the heavy rains and floods that contribute to hatching Psorophora ciliate mosquitoes.
According to Reiskind, there are 61 species of mosquitoes in North Carolina, and “during the flood, we get billions of mosquitoes.”
Increased mosquito populations often follow a hurricane or any weather event that results in large-scale flooding. While most mosquitoes that emerge after flooding do not transmit human disease, they still pose a public health problem by discouraging people from going outside and hindering recovery efforts –is stated in the press release of North Carolina Governor.
“To help local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, I’ve directed state funds for mosquito control efforts to protect people who live in hard-hit areas,” the Governor said.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has ordered $ 4 million to fund mosquito control measures in 27 districts which are currently under a major disaster declaration as a result of Hurricane Florence.
UMCA continues to actively engage scientific and engineering potential for solving the problem of the spread of mosquitoes – carriers of infectious diseases. The Association cooperates with domestic and foreign scientists, engineers, manufacturers and suppliers to develop effective programs, methods, technologies and means for mosquito eradication.