Monster Mosquitoes Spotted in Florida

by Christopher Freeburn | June 11, 2013 10:22 am


In addition to hurricanes, alligators and snakes, Floridians now have something else to watch out for: giant mosquitoes[2].

Known as gallinippers, the huge mosquitoes are 20 times the size of common varieties. Officials in Central Florida’s Seminole County have now spotted the over-sized mosquitoes, ClickOrlando notes.

The arrival of the gallinippers was forecast earlier this year by scientists at the University of Florida. A rainy spring and early summer is expected to drive their population higher. The county will spray swamp areas with anti-mosquito treatments to help control the bug’s spread.

People bitten by gallinippers usually experience a sharp sting and are described as “aggressive.” However, unlike other mosquitoes, they do not carry any dangerous viruses.

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