A Plague of Giant Mosquitoes Rises Out of Florence Floodwaters

October 2, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Billions of wasp-sized mosquitoes, able to bite through two layers of clothing, descend on North Carolinians like “flurries of snow”

The floodwaters left by Hurricane Florence have become a breeding grounds for the largest mosquitoes on earth.

Ten times the size of normal mosquitoes  “Gallinippers” inflict a powerful bite said to feel like you’re being stabbed.

Otherwise, extremely rare, the population of these “flood mosquitos” surges after hurricanes and major storms.

The video below shows an Eastern North Carolina woman trapped in her car as a swarm of what her children think are “wasps” cover the windows:

“It was like a flurry—like it was snowing mosquitos,” Cassie Vadovsky, told the local NBC news channel. “I think my car agitated them. I waited for them to calm down before I grabbed the kids and the ran into the house.”

It’s like “a bad science fiction movie,” another local resident told the Fayetteville Observer.

“They were inundating me, and one landed on me. It was like a small blackbird. I told my wife … I’m going to have to use a shotgun on these things if they get any bigger.”

Individual American Gallinippers have tested positive for West Nile Virus and various strains of encephalitis, however, the CDC does not consider the species to be a vector in the transmission of any of these diseases.

Governor Roy Cooper has directed $4 million to support mosquito control efforts.