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“Mega Mosquitoes” Are Set to Invade Florida This Summer

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The first thing I’m going to do after writing this story is forward it to my father who lives in Central Florida. If you know someone living there, tell them to stock up on bug spray. These mosquitoes called gallinippers, are 20 times larger than regular mosquitoes. The flooding from tropical storms could lead to a mass hatching of them this summer, and their bites are painful.

I’m glad we stumbled onto this story because we were planning family trip to Central Florida to visit grandpa this summer. While we’re there, will we see these giant evil mosquitoes? According to entomologist Phil Kaufman at the University of Florida, a swarm of “MEGA MOSQUITOES” is set to invade Central Florida this summer.

The mega mosquitoes are technically called gallinippers. But when they’re attacking you, their proper name is probably the least of your concerns. Because they’re 20 TIMES BIGGER than regular mosquitoes, and their bites REALLY hurt.
The gallinippers could hatch this summer, because of the flood waters caused by tropical storms. Usually their eggs just stay underground, and don’t all hatch at the same time . . . but when the water pushes them above ground, they hatch.

Other scientists at the university say you can keep them off of you with strong bug spray and by covering yourself up as much as possible. Do you see a Steven King novel coming?

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