Hurricane Laura later: Thick clouds of mosquitoes kill livestock after the storm

VILLE PLATTE, Louisiana – Mosquito clouds have become so dense in southwestern Louisiana since Hurricane Laura that they are killing cattle and horses.Dr. Craig Fontenot, a large-veterinarian based in Ville Platte, said farmers east and north-east of the pollen where the storm made its landslide on August 27 have likely killed 300 to 400 head of cattle.

He said that the swords are so thick that a large number of bites leave the horses and cattle anemic and bleed under their skins. The animals also get tired of constantly moving in an attempt to avoid insects biting animals, he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.”They’re vicious sucking a little bit,” he said.

A photo by Fontenot September Took 2, showing a bull’s stomach full of blankets with mosquitoes.

He said that only a few horses and no goats have died, probably because they are usually kept in stalls that can be sprayed with pesticides, while cattle can graze on 50- or 100 acres.

A deer ranger lost about 30 of its 110 animals, many of which had already been sold, Fontenot said.

“He has lost $ 100,000,” said the vet.

Agricultural extension agents said in a news release from the LSU agenda Wednesday that airborne spraying has begun in several parasites, causing the crowd to thin out the marsh.

Jeremy Hebert, an Acadia parish agent, said, “The spraying has drastically reduced the population. It’s a night-day difference.”

Insects continue to be a major problem in the Kailasiu and Jefferson Davis parganes, although spraying has reduced its severity slightly, said agent Agile Jimmy Mook for the parasites.

Livestock deaths from mosquitoes are not a new phenomenon. Fontenot said that he also came after Hurricane Lily in 2002 and Hurricane Rita in 2005. Similar problems have occurred in Florida and Texas after the storm, he said.

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The video above is of reporting prior to the storm, which shows Texas families attempting to get their livestock out.

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