Clouds of mosquitoes are swarming and fatally draining livestock of their blood in southwest Louisiana, according to a Thursday report.
Louisiana-based veterinarian Craig Fontenot said that 300 to 500 cattle have been lost to killer mosquito clouds in a five-parish area following Hurricane Laura, according to the Associated Press.
The bugs attack in large swarms, drawing blood until the targeted animal becomes exhausted and bleeds out under their skin.
“They’re vicious little suckers,” Fontenot said, the AP reported. The mosquitoes have so far claimed the lives of both horses and cows. Fontenot said a deer rancher in the area lost around 30 of his livestock, according to the AP.
“He’s saying it’s over $100,000 he lost,” Fontenot added. (RELATED: Staff In Hurricane-Torn Hospital Stayed Back During Storm To Take Care Of 19 Babies In ICU)
Just another reminder of how bad things are now after having spent decades ignoring climate change. Here in Louisiana, clouds of mosquitoes have been so thick since Hurricane Laura that they’re killing cattle and horses.
2020 needed to suck more I guess.
— Scott Santens????????♂️ (@scottsantens) September 10, 2020
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