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South Texas residents see increase of mosquitoes, which, reportedly, quarter-sized

The recent rainfall in Houston, Texas, has caused many residents see an influx in mosquitoes.

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The recent rainfall in Houston, Texas, has caused many residents see an influx in mosquitoes — some of which are reportedly the size of a quarter.

The local population took to Twitter this week to express their annoyance with the insects.

“Forgive me for the photos. I must rant for a moment! While shooting a story in the San Leon today, I can’t tell you how many mosquitoes swarmed @13PhotogReed & me. Every time that we hit once, there was blood. What is the matter?” Steve Campion, a local journalist, said on Twitter.

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“Houston, we have a mosquito problem,” another Twitter user wrote.

Houston, we have a mosquito problem.

— HAH (@_50Shadesof_Hay) September 13, 2018

“I left Dallas this morning and on pulling into my garage in Houston, was greeted by 15 mosquitoes,” wrote another user.

I left Dallas this morning and on pulling into my garage in Houston, was greeted by 15 mosquitoes.

— Garet Robinson (@garetrobinson) September 15, 2018

Not only is the population growing, some of the blood-sucking creatures are the size of a quarter, ABC13 reported.

But why has the heavy rainfall equivalent to an increase in these bugs?

If it rains, female mosquitoes take to standing water to lay their eggs. The larvae only need half of an inch of water to survive, according to Pestworld.

“With so much precipitation, water collects quickly and easily it can evaporate or soak into the ground,” the pest management site said.

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To mosquito-proof a house, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises:

  • Using screens on windows and doors

  • Repair holes in screens

  • Use air conditioning

  • Empty standing water in tires, buckets, flower pots, bird baths, and more on a weekly basis

ABC13 also reported that the plants of basil and rosemary, among other plants, can keep the mosquitoes away.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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