Before we go any further, let’s address that terrible name. Culex lactator? That sounds like a flying insect that stains your shirt with mosquito milk after it bites you. It’s just gross.
Believe it or not, the critter exists, and it’s making its way toward Tampa. The winged, disease-ridden pest is originally from Central and Southern America, but it decided to pack up it’s lactating abdothorax and hypodermic ass-wand to hit our beautiful city. While It’s already been discovered in Southern Florida, this year the insect is expected to finally reach our part of the state.
The Hillsborough County Mosquito Management Program is paying close attention to the invader, monitoring when and where it has appeared. So far, it has shown up in Miami-Dade, Lee and Collier counties, but not around us yet.
Mosquitos are nothing new to our area, with over 40 types of the a-holes already being identified in Hillsborough County this year alone. While most of them are merely a nuisance, about 20% of them carry diseases and viruses. Treatment for the mosquitos will be done via the traditional methods, such as fogging with trucks and making sure residents find and empty any standing water they find around their property. Mosquito larvae are born in standing water, so you should never have any around the exterior of your home.
The Culex Lactator is still a mystery to researchers, with not much being known about them. That’s why they have to be studied and controlled if deemed necessary. Information about the mosquito is sparse due to it just being discovered in Miami in 2018. In the meantime, Floridians will deal with another nuisance until their season passes. Source: WFLA.com
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