Recent drought, rainfall create brutal mosquito population boom
Recent drought, rainfall create brutal mosquito population boom.
Lee County is seeing the mosquito population explode.
The mosquitoes just eat you up alive," said Juliette Bruni.
"The last time we really saw these numbers was around 2011."
Shelly Redovan of Lee County Mosquito Control says the drought we had earlier this year allowed for mosquitoes to lay extra eggs.
If they grab 300 mosquitoes during that time, that’s considered bad.
Lately, she says they’ve been catching more than 1,000 at a time.
Redovan said the bulk of the mosquito explosion are pest insects, but she does warn the mosquitoes that do carry viruses are also on the rise.
Redovan said that as long as breaks in the rain continue, they will spray to bring the mosquito population down by starting with the worst areas first.
As of now, there are no cases of travel-related cases of Zika in Lee County.