Overwhelming Swarms of Mosquitoes
It’s not the destruction that Hurricane Laura left in her wake, it’s the mosquitoes. There are so many swarms of mosquitoes that they’re so abundant and overwhelming that they’re killing livestock and horses – even wildlife – leaving them anemic after so many blood withdrawals. Louisiana has initiated a spraying program.
Currently, reports indicate that while the problem is state-wide, it’s is currently mostly impacting Jefferson and Calcasieu parishes.
No doubt some stray dogs and cats may have also paid a fatal price if not from the bites directly then from heartworm disease which is carried by mosquitoes. Also, dogs that are still being relocated to other states to find homes may carry heartworm with them, which increases the abundance of the disease in those places. This dogs and also cats should be protected, not only to potentially save their lives but also for the benefit of the community.
Swarms of mosquitoes and also a water-borne bacterial infection called leptospirosis isn’t unusual following hurricanes. Leptospirosis can kill dogs (and other animals) but also can be transmitted to people.
All this supports the notion of clearly protecting pets in Louisiana against heartworm and leptospirosis, but really pets anywhere should be protected.