Giant Mosquitoes Could Invade Florida This Summer

FAIRFAX, Va. (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 FOX News.

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.