Here they come, Texas, where the dreaded mosquitoes are back in parts of the state that usually see activity during the summer months. Is it climate change? 

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According to Fox News, The Washington Post reports that some officials are attributing Montgomery County's battle with another spring of exploding mosquito populations to the effects of climate change.

While the area of Texas has always been known as an ideal mosquito habitat, the recent onslaught of flood-inducing rains has created even more ideal breeding and spreading grounds for these pesky insects.

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Max Vigilant, the director of mosquito and vector control in nearby Harris County, told the Washington Post that sampling shows mosquito levels comparable to 2022 and 2023. However, it is nearly impossible to count the mosquito population fully. Houston is also dealing with mosquitoes, which are making it very uncomfortable for residents to clean up after the disaster last week.

However, residents noticing a worsening problem can point to climate change as the cause, Vigilant argued, noting that "hotter temperatures" are coming to the area earlier in the year, making it more likely to see many mosquitoes.

Next door, Harris County hosts over 50 species of mosquitoes, the report notes. At the same time, the county's public health department, where Vigilant works, focuses its work with pesticides on targeting those that can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus.

 

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Most people in Conroe and Montgomery County, Texas, are using massive amounts of repellents to stave off the hordes of mosquitoes. So much so that one resident jokingly said she thinks she is 40% Deet by now due to the large amount of repellant she has been using.

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