BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- We are still feeling the effects of all that rain that ended nearly three weeks ago. The flooding hatched all the mosquito eggs on the ground, and they are swarming.
Although it's almost November, it still feels like summer here in southeastern North Carolina. We have near record-breaking temperatures and mosquitoes.
"Is this the worst mosquito population I've ever seen? No. Hurricane Floyd was worse. Hurricane Fran was worse," Brunswick County mosquito expert Jeff Brown said. "The problem is, the mosquito species that we're dealing with are what they call anthropophagic, and those are mosquitoes that specifically bite people."
People like B.J. Reiss. She said she can't even step outside without wearing mosquito repellent, and her pets are prey too.
"I have horses at home, and they're just tearing my horses up. I don't know how to stress it any better than that. I mean, they're just really awful," Reiss said.
The bugs are so awful because 23 inches of rain fell and flooded areas where eggs had been laid. The warm weather certainly is not helping the situation, but Brown said crews all over our area are spraying to hold the predators back and praying for cooler weather.
"The way I look at it, the magic number is about 38 degrees," Brown said. "If we can get it down to about 38 degrees for a couple days, that will control the mosquito population."
These pesky bugs can detect carbon dioxide from 100 yards away, and they will start tracking you down as soon as they detect it. So experts say stay inside at dusk and at dawn and always wear mosquito repellent.
So far, there have been no reports of disease associated with this mosquito uprising, but be cautious in wooded areas and around treelines.
Some more good news: we could reach some of those cooler temperatures this weekend.