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Mosquito population larger this year than last in Acadiana

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LAFAYETTE, La. (The Advertiser)— With warmer winter months and an above average rain season last year, the mosquito population in Acadiana is larger in March than it was last year, experts said.

You do have more mosquitoes out (now) and just in the last few days, the mosquitoes control programs have begun to spray because mosquitoes are active when the temperature went above 50 degrees, said Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. of New Iberia’s president, Glenn Stokes. 

Stokes said in the past if the area had a really cold winter, the coming summer is usually filled with less mosquitoes.

While it’s too early to tell if this coming mosquito season, which usually starts in the summer months and goes until September, will be worse than the previous year, Stokes said MCCI started spraying for mosquitoes for weeks. 

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