Thousands of mosquitoes are killing livestock in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura

Mosquito clouds have become so thick in southwest Louisiana since Hurricane Laura that they are killing animals, including horses and cattle. Huge numbers of bites are anemic of horses and cattle and bleed under their skins.

The animals also grow fatigued by continuing to grow in an effort to avoid insect bites, a large-veterinarian based in Ville Platte told the Associated Press this week.

“They are vicious little suckers,” Dr. Craig Fontenot said.

He said that due to the landslides caused by the storm in the eastern and northeastern region in the end of August, farmers have lost 300 to 400 cattle.

Fontenot said only a few horses and no goats have died, perhaps 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.

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This September 2, 2020, photo provided by veterinarian Craig Fontenot shows deer in a farm where they were killed by a swarm of mosquitoes.

Dr. Craig Fontenot / AP

Agricultural extension agents said in a news release Wednesday from the LSU agenda that several parasites have started air spraying, which has been pushed out of the swamp by the storm.

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.