Too many Florida mosquitoes – level 3
After Hurricane Ian struck Florida, a lot of debris remained on roadsides. These places collected water, and mosquitoes laid their eggs there.
Soggy areas with standing water provide a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. In places with moving water, fish and other animals eat the baby mosquitoes.
Officers work continuously to control the situation. They do surveillance, trapping, and other analysis, and then they treat the mosquitoes on the ground and from the air. However, days of rain changed the landscape, and the insects have new places to breed. Officers need to monitor the new places and deal with them.
The hurricane also contaminated waterways, and the excess water led to mold in low-lying areas, especially inside structures. People are in the middle of an enormous cleanup, and officers encourage them to try to set the garbage so it won’t collect water.
Difficult words: soggy (wet and soft), surveillance (close observation), contaminate (to make something less pure or poisonous).
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