Texas is invaded by millions of MOSQUITOES after Harvey: Shocking video shows man covered in the bugs as officials warn flooding will cause the population to keep growing

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

Tyler Bennett captured the moment he and a coworker were swarmed by hundreds of mosquitoes in Refugio, Texas
Houston is expecting an ‘explosion’ of mosquitoes due to standing water after Hurricane Harvey
Mosquitoes can spread dangerous diseases including West Nile virus and Zika
Texas had 370 cases of West Nile in 2016 and it is possible Harvey will increase the risk

By MOLLIE CAHILLANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
6 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey has already displaced thousands of people, devastated cities, and taken at least 60 lives.
Now the storm is responsible for an explosion in Texas’ mosquito population.

The stagnant flood water provides new breeding ground for potentially millions of mosquitoes, bringing new threats of disease with them.

Flooding may wash away some of the breeding pools, but the mosquito population is only expected to grow.
Tyler Bennett and a coworker captured cell phone footage of thousands of mosquitoes swarming them in Refugio, Texas.

Refugio, which has a population of about 3,000 people, is about 165 miles from Houston. No one in the town was injured by Harvey, but Refugio is currently without electricity and multiple people have lost their homes.

The men were wearing long sleeves and mosquito nets.

They can be heard saying they filmed the mosquitoes because photos ‘didn’t do it justice.’

‘Mosquito populations usually increase greatly after flooding,’ according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world and are responsible for the deaths of at least one million people a year, according to the World Health Organization. The majority of deaths come from malaria.

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