According to Mike Strain, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, DVM, an increase in mosquitoes after Hurricane Laura is causing problems for pet owners
“What we see are swarms of mosquitos chasing exhausted and stressed cattle,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM that can be applied to the animals, “Strain added.
These products must be used according to the instructions on the label. If used on an animal that produces food, it must be approved for this species. Dietary supplements should be given under the guidance of a veterinarian. and the use of fans to keep the pests out is also beneficial.
Typically, mosquito-borne diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV), which primarily affect horses, can be controlled by vaccinating the animals. There appear to be a number of factors in this situation. Swarms of mosquitoes, in combination with environmentally polluted animals that cannot escape the pests, cause problems for the animals and their owners.
An Associated Press story of mosquitoes causing problems for farmers is given below:
VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) – Since Hurricane Laura, mosquito clouds in southwest Louisiana have been so dense that they are killing cattle and horses.
Farmers in an area with five parishes east and northeast of the parishes where the storm landed on Aug. 27 have likely lost 300 to 400 cattle, said Dr. Craig Fontenot, a Ville Platte-based large animal veterinarian.
He said the flocks were so dense that the large number of bites left horses and cattle anemic and bleeding under their skin. The animals are also exhausted from constant movement to dodge the biting insects, he said in a phone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.
“They are mean little fools,” he said.
A photo that Fontenot took on September 2nd shows a bull’s belly covered with mosquitos.
He said few horses and no goats died, likely because they are generally kept in stables that can be sprayed with insecticide while cattle can graze on 20 or 40 acres of pasture.
One deer farmer lost about 30 of his 110 animals, many of which had already been sold, Fontenot said.
“He says it’s over $ 100,000 that he lost,” the vet said.
Several parishes have started air spraying, thinning the hordes pushed out of the swamps by the storm, agricultural advisors said in a press release from LSU AgCenter on Wednesday.
“Spraying has reduced populations enormously. It made a difference day and night, ”said Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish agent.
The insects remain a major problem in the Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis communities, although spraying has reduced the severity somewhat, said Jimmy Meaux, AgCenter agent for those communities.
The death of farm animals by mosquitoes is not a new phenomenon. Fontenot said they continued to occur after Hurricane Lili in 2002 and Hurricane Rita in 2005. Florida and Texas would have had similar problems after hurricanes, he said.
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