BATON ROUGE – An onslaught of mosquitoes has swept across southeast Louisiana, fueled by a scorching dry summer followed by a relatively wet winter. The persistent buzzing of mosquitoes has become a familiar sound for those venturing outdoors as winter transitions to spring.

LSU AgCenter entomologist Kristen Healy explains, “This is the time of year when the weather warms up, and day length increases, signaling the start of mosquito activity.”

Experts attribute the surge in mosquito populations to last year’s historic drought. Mosquitoes laid eggs during the drought that remained dormant until recent flooding rains in January triggered their hatching.

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