Nearly two weeks ago Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana. She did massive amounts of damage and of course, was accompanied by flooding. With all of this still water sitting around, the areas hit by the storm have become the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Joel Shannon of USA Today went into detail about how these new mosquitos are killing livestock.
Farmers near where the storm made landfall have probably lost 300 to 400 cattle, said Dr. Craig Fontenot, a large-animal veterinarian based in Ville Platte.
“They're vicious little suckers,” he said.
Vicious little sucker. I actually knew a girl in college with the same nickname. On a more serious note, god damn are mosquitos evil little bastards. They force these cattle to walk till they drop or literally suck all the blood out of their body. As a man who hates bugs, this is honestly worst-case scenario. Hundreds of bloodsucking insects looking for a meal before they starve.
“As soon as you would walk outside, your legs would turn black from the sheer amount of mosquitoes," Hebert said.
While humans are able to cover up, stay inside or swat the insects away, livestock were virtually defenseless against the swarms.
This has all but solidified that I will never live in the bayou. I'm the type of guy who loads up on bug spray in the fall, so I would not fare well in this environment. I'll go as far as to say I would be better suited for a zombie apocalypse or a nuclear holocaust.
To the people of Louisiana, I sincerely hope your lucks changes. A storm can be devastating to an area without glorified vampires all starving to death simultaneously. In the meantime, wear long sleeves and wait for all this water to dry up.
P.S. I'm hoping the U.S. gets their shit together by February, because I really want to visit NOLA for Mardi Gras.
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