Huge Florida mosquitoes are making the news this week. According to experts, these huge mosquitoes are going to be arriving in Florida this summer and residents and tourists are being warned. On March 8, The Inquisitr reported that these huge bugs can bite through layers of skin -- and clothing -- and they pack a mean punch when they bite.
"Environmental officials in the Sunshine State say that Tropical Storm Debbie awakened the dormant eggs of a particularly huge species of mosquito," The Inquisitr reported. These big bugs actually attack people and they usually feed at night. This is some serious insect business.
The huge Florida mosquitoes are called "gallinippers" and a bite from one of these insects is really quite painful. "It’s about the size of a quarter. … It’s about 20 times bigger than the sort of typical, Florida mosquito that you find. And it’s mean, and it goes after people, and it bites, and it hurts," said Anthony Pelaez of the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.
Not all Florida residents have to worry about these bugs. These particular insects prefer to live in grassy areas so city-dwellers may never even see a gallinipper.
The huge Florida mosquitoes can be repelled by mosquito sprays such as "OFF."
© Effie Orfanides 2013