Giant mosquito causing pesky problem in Florida

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:50 AM

FLORIDA -- Florida is known for its bugs, but nothing compares to a new giant mosquito invading the sunshine state.

"This thing's like a pterodactyl in the mosquito world, it's huge, and for me exciting, for most people, a little scary," Deby Cassill, University of South Florida St. Petersburg biologist, said.

Cassill said the mammoth mosquito is 20 times the size of a regular one. The giant can sting through clothing, and when it does, she said it feels like a knife.

The Gallinipper mosquito first arrived in Florida after Tropical Storm Debby and is expected to be a big problem this summer.

"We're used to the little tiny ones that go to the back of your knees and this one's right in your face it's aggressive it's got a nasty bite," Cassill said.

One bit of good news about the giant mosquito; it eats the eggs of the mosquito we're used to, and it's doesn't carry West Nile virus, encephalitis or any other serious disease.

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