Swarms of mosquitoes in Louisiana have attacked cattle and drained their blood until they die.
The insects have moved to more populous areas after Hurricane Laura hit the state in late August.
Laura landed as a Category 4 storm, destroyed homes, stripped power lines, and caused widespread flooding.
Louisiana State University’s AgCenter added in a press release that the mosquito population in southwest Louisiana “exploded”, killing a number of cows, deer and horses.
A number of animal keepers have reported losing cows, bulls and horses to the mosquitos. A veterinarian informed the LSU AgCenter that a cattle farmer had lost 20 cows. He told the Associated Press that an operation involving penned deer lost 30 deer out of 110, representing a loss of $ 100,000.
The mosquitoes suck the blood from the cattle, so the animals move around to try to get away from them and then they can’t get enough oxygen and eventually fall to their death.
The veterinarian of the LSU AgCenter, Dr. Christine Navarre, in the press release, recommended that pet owners spray mosquitoes, rub the animals, cover them when it’s not too hot, and use good diet and warming practices to keep livestock otherwise healthy.
Some communities have sprayed against mosquitoes, and AgCenter agent Jimmy Meaux said this helped control the pests.