Giant Mosquitoes Could Invade Florida This SummerJanay Rickwalder
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Last year’s mosquito
season was bad, but this summer Florida residents might have a
larger problem on their hands. Entomologists at the University of
Florida suggest that quarter-sized mosquitoes, known as
gallinippers, could invade Central Florida, according to
Scientists say this type of mosquito larvae is known to hatch
after a flood or rainstorm. In fact, Tropical Storm Debby caused a
bumper crop of mosquitoes in 2012, and another rainy season could
produce even more pests this summer.
To protect against mosquito
bites, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) urges
people to avoid spending long periods of time outdoors when
mosquitoes are most active and use
insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin.