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Yes, you are seeing more mosquitoes around San Antonio – and some are unusually big

Mosquitoes had been successfully dormant throughout this summer season’s drought. As rain returns to San Antonio, the pests will re-emerge.

SAN ANTONIO — As San Antonio emerges from historic drought circumstances, mosquitoes are once more hatching in yards, parks, and swimming pools.

During the dry summer season months, the pests could not simply discover water to put eggs in. San Antonio residents did not see most of the biting bugs throughout June, when the bugs are usually most lively. 

“You definitely are seeing more mosquitoes now, mostly because we’ve had rain,” mentioned Megan Wise De Valdez, an affiliate professor at Texas A&M-San Antonio. “Chances are, you’ve been feeling it because we had such low numbers this summer.” 

Wise De Valdez identifies mosquitoes for Bexar County. Lately, she’s noticed a special species of mosquito that hatches during times of intense rain. 

The ‘floodwater’ mosquito deposits its eggs in dust. Those eggs is not going to hatch till water settles on high of the deposits, normally throughout flooding. 

This species is bigger, more seen, and may appear meaner. 

“They feel more aggressive… because they’re not picky,” Wise De Valdez mentioned. “They’ll feed on whatever is nearby.”

Fortunately, the floodwater species is slower and simpler to detect. It doesn’t carry illness. 

But Bexar County researchers have recognized West Nile in different, more widespread mosquitoes this month. Wise De Valdez says it is typical to seek out the illness in pattern bugs around September, however she added that her group has recognized more West Nile this year than in earlier years. 

Drought could also be in charge for any uptick in West Nile transmission, Wise De Valdez added. 

“When there are so few water sources, we get all of the mosquitoes in a sort of concentrated area,” together with different animals, she mentioned. This intermingling is how illnesses unfold from bugs to pets or to folks. 

“I’d take precautions,” she mentioned. She beneficial carrying lengthy-sleeved clothes and closed-toed sneakers when outside, however acknowledged that that is not at all times tenable within the Texas warmth. 

Bug spray containing DEET is one of the simplest ways to repel mosquitoes, she mentioned. People could keep away from the bugs by staying indoors throughout daybreak and nightfall hours, too. 

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