Hurricane Eta causes an unusually lengthy mosquito season in Lee County


Lee County, Florida -. Usually mosquito season dies down in October, but this year, it’s ramping up again after Hurricane Eta dumped several inches of water into the county.

The sedentary water is now a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

In Buckingham, oversaturated land turns into a swampy mess, a record year for the tropics creating perfect conditions for mosquitoes to flourish.

“They are getting worse because of all the water that is on the threshold. It’s worse than it was last year, ”said Buckingham resident Dalton Ratliff.

Lee County Mosquito Control is inundated with service requests.

“It’s not normal to be in mid-November and work like it was July or August,” said Eric Jackson of Lee County Mosquito Control. “In the afternoon, evening, and afterwards, as soon as the sun goes down, the time has come. They will just swarm you, literally swarm your legs, arms, anything that isn’t covered. “

Both inland and coastal communities notice more mosquitoes than usual. On Wednesday, windy conditions forbade LCMC crews to go out.

“We’re using an extremely low volume droplet that comes out of either the truck or the plane at about 300 feet. It circulates through the air, and those tiny droplets land on the mosquito exoskeleton, ”Jackson said.

LCMC said as long as the weather cooperates, their crews will be out there – on the ground and in the air.

“People will notice our helicopters fly, our trucks down the street. We’re pretty present at the moment, ”he said.

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