Surge of marsh mosquitoes expected

| 03/05/2021 | 7 Comments
Black salt marsh mosquito (Photograph by Sean McCann, University of Florida)

(CNS): The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) is warning residents to expect another surge of the native black salt marsh mosquito as a result of the high tides that began last month and have caused flooding in the mangrove breeding areas of the swamp. Eggs laid around the time of the 20 April high tides are expected to hatch this week, with a large emergence of biting mosquitoes during the first week of May. MRCU said it has been addressing flooded areas harbouring mosquito larvae and will continue the aerial and ground fogging operations.

But the team warned of the potential distress, despite the relief the spraying should bring. Members of the public are advised to remain indoors during the peak biting period of this mosquito, which is between 7pm and 9pm and to wear mosquito repellent when outdoors.

Information on planned operations can be found daily on the MRCU website
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how many of these are genetically modified?
    We should get a sample, test them and publish the results.
    If zero, great, if not, then why not?
    Time to use science properly and not fake science to push an agenda.

    CNS: Zero. The GM mosquitoes were aedes aegypti. Different species.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’d rather get bitten by the mosquitoes than put that poisonous crap DEET on my skin. And people wonder why the cancer rates are high here – god knows what $hit that plane sprays on us, but you can rest assured it’s not as safe as the vaccine that some people won’t take.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bring back oxitech.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Leave the science to the scientists.. we need to protect our remaining mangroves not destroy them..

  5. Anonymous says:

    i actually miss the mosquitoes! they are gods we are…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Mosquitoes were out of control in June and July 2019 and June through September 2020. Hopefully MRCU will get things back under control in 2021.

    CI Govt owes the public a full report on what went wrong in 2019/2020. And please don’t blame the pandemic.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That’s why I know many of you who want to protect the swamp have never been in the swamp. It always has mosquitoes, the more mangroves in fresh water the more mosquitoes. The mangroves in salt water is closer to the sea thats an area that could be protected. But mangroves in 200 feet is not doing much except spreading potential diseases.

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