A group of bug bandits are here to save people in Florida mosquitoes.
Lee County Mosquito Control has boldly ventured where no insect control company has gone before…into the heart of Mozzie Central.
For the past two years a trapping project has been going on in Lee County and the results are nothing short of horrifying.
The pest control service took to social media to share an incredibly grim image of hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes.
If you are a little scared of insects, we advise you to look away now.
Have you ever wondered what 1 million mosquitoes look like?? Check out the results of an LCMCD trapping project that took place in a section of a neighborhood on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2021. #FighttheBite pic.twitter.com/nLX1hdvfz0
— Lee County Mosquito Control (@LeeCoMosquito) February 16, 2022
One of the buckets that came back with the expedition was stuffed full of mozzie corpses.
The true splendor of the bug bucket can only truly be realized when it is knocked over.
Fortunately, the Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD) was there to document it all on social media.
“Have you ever wondered what a million mosquitoes look like? said the government collective Twitter.
Actually, we didn’t – but here we are.
“Check out the results of an LCMCD trapping project that took place in a section of a neighborhood on Sanibel Island during the summer of 2021,” they added.
That’s a hell of a bunch of mozzies. Yeah.
People on social media were understandably horrified and amazed.
One person said, “Now add fire.”
Another added: “Put the battery out and turn it on. It’s about…sending a message.”
While the mosquito-rich trapping program can be incredibly unscary, the work undertaken by the Lee County Mosquito Control District is for good reason: public health.
Controlling mosquito populations in Florida is an essential part of public health, and keeping the population low is key to reducing diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever.
And boy, we bet those who live in Lee County are thrilled because, according to Lee County Mosquito Control District Executive Director David Hoel, the surrounding wetlands, mangroves and salt marshes are a absolute mozzie-topia.
“The many acres of salt marshes and other wetlands in Lee County are some of the most prolific mosquito breeding habitats on earth,” Hoel said according to CL Tampa.
“In order to provide a comfortable outdoor environment for the citizens of Lee County and reduce the threat of disease posed by mosquitoes, the district continuously monitors these habitats and strives to control mosquitoes in the aquatic immature stages before they enter. become flying, biting adult mosquitoes.”
Well, turns out there was a pretty good reason for a mosquito mound after all.