After Hurricane Irma, there have been more mosquitoes in the Ocala area than usual. Some residents have put their neighborhood walks on hold due to the increased number of mosquitoes.
“I can’t even work in my yard,” said Dawn Yaklovich, an Ocala resident. “I went out the other day to go put bird seed in the bird feeder, and I must have come in with 10-20 mosquito bites on me.”
Ocala Mosquito Control is actively working to reduce the problem, and Ocala has a contract for professional spraying. By the end of this week, officials expect to have the entire area treated.
The Center for Disease Control warned a third of the nation to not get complacent about viruses spread by mosquitoes, such as Zika.