Huge Florida Mosquitoes May Launch Invasion This Summer - Expert

Huge Florida mosquitoes are likely to be abundant in the southeastern American state this summer, an entomology expert says. Bites from the monster flying insects are painful and can be compared to little knives poking on one's body.

“The bite really hurts, I can attest to that,” says University of Florida entomologist Phil Kaufman, an associate professor of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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Photo: Hugh Florida Mosquito (Credit: University of Florida News)
According to UF News, the gigantic biting insects are also called gallinipper.

“The gallinipper is a floodwater mosquito, with females laying eggs in soil at the edges of ponds, streams and other water bodies that overflow when heavy rains come,” Kaufman stated. “The eggs can remain dry and dormant for years, until high waters cause them to hatch.”

A gallinipper’s body is about half an inch long, with a black-and-white color pattern similar to that of the invasive Asian tiger mosquito, the report said.

It was revealed that only the female gallinippers feed on blood as males survive on flower nectar.

The huge mosquitos can be warded off with repellents containing diethyl meta toluamide or DEET, but Kaufman thinks it may be “tolerant” of the active ingredient than smaller mosquitos because of its larger size.

The report said “wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when venturing into wooded areas, especially places where standing water collects after rain storms,” is recommended.