Insect Bites and Hurricanes Are Deadly Combination in FL


Fire Ant BitesThe hurricane season is in full gear as Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike have swirled or are swirling and affecting U.S. residents – and insects such as mosquitos and red ants, a.k.a. fire ants.

The torrential rains which accompany hurricanes present challenges to local officials who have to cope with the rising waters and its effects. According to the Voice in Florida, the town of Geneva has been inundated with water and affected Lake Harney.

Unfortunately, rising waters can create opportunities for increased insect bites as insects look for higher ground on which to survive and naturally move towards human populations.

For an elderly, Chuluota man, this was catastrophic as red ants swarmed into his home looking for dry earth. The red ant bites the man endured proved to be fatal and now many in the area are concerned about insect bites from numerous areas of standing water.

The Voice reports that mosquitoes are now thriving and county officials have moved ahead with plans to spray with larvae-killing chemicals in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of mosquito bites. Affected areas for insect prevention measures range from Oviedo to the shores of Lake Jesup.

With Hanna having headed north of Florida, area residents can be thankful that there will be no more heavy rain to encourage mosquito population growth and further infestation in the near future – unless Hurricane Ike enters the picture.

September 6, 2008 – 1:53 pm

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