North Carolina battles mosquitoes after hurricane


October 5, 2018



After Hurricane Florence blew through North Carolina, flooding took over parts of the state. Almost two weeks later, the flooding has led to a mosquito infestation in the region.

The storm brought nearly 20 inches of rainwater in some areas. Many mosquito species lay eggs that will hatch after heavy rains – or in this case, flooding. The gallinipper mosquito (Psorophora ciliata) was one of the species that hatched and can be two to three times larger than a regular mosquito. The Fayetteville Observer reports that North Carolina is home to 61 different mosquito species.

Gov. Roy Cooper said $4 million would go to controlling the enormous mosquitoes.


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