Just about everyone knows that major category hurricanes have high winds and heavy rain. Many realize that storm surges are dangerous for those living near the beach. Flooding, even much further inland, can also be devastating. However, there is another major risk that is less known. It is an attack of monster mosquitos after a hurricane passes. Monster mosquitos are dozens of times larger than regular house mosquitos.
In the aftermath of a major hurricane, there can be a lot of flooding. Even if you have a hurricane-proof home that floats, there is no way to escape the mosquitos. The flooding causes dormant mosquito eggs to activate and give birth toway too many of the blood suckers.
Earthkind says that mosquito eggs can survive for a few months, even if they are completely dry. They can last for up to a year or two when deposited on the top of damp soil. When these eggs get saturated from flooding, the mosquitos hatch within one to three days.
Wired reports that when residents of North Carolina recently returned to their homes, to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence, they were surprised by the plague of monster mosquitos. These bad boys are as big as a nickel coin. They are the species called Psorophora Cliata by scientists. They are commonly called “gallinippers.”
In North Carolina, massive dark clouds of mosquitos fill the air. They splatter on the windshields of vehicles in such a large amount that it makes it difficult to see while driving. Stand outside with exposed skin and you do not get bitten by just one; you are bitten simultaneously by hundreds!
Hungry Blood-Sucking Monsters
These monster mosquitos are super aggressive and hunting for a meal. The female mosquitos need to feed her babies. She wants a blood meal from the nearest animal (that includes humans). A single female lays millions of eggs, so she has plenty of hungry babies to feed. People who get bit are helping the mother feed her little ones to make more mosquitos.
When a person gets a mosquito bite from a smaller mosquito, they may risk contracting a disease. Many deadly diseases like malaria are carried by mosquitos through the blood being transferred from one animal or person to another. So far, there is no evidence that the monster mosquitos are transmitting diseases to people, but that could change at any moment.
When a person is exposed to a swarm of these gigantic mosquitos, they bite like hell. The gallinipper mosquito has the ability to pierce the tough hide of a cow. These bites feel like serious wounds accompanied by a very painful burning sensation.
North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, ordered $4 million of the available relief funds to be used to battle the mosquito plague. They are spraying both on the ground via trucks, or in the air with drones.