Florida Officials Fill 5-Gallon Bucket with 1 Million Dead Mosquitoes
Insect control officials in Fort Myers, Florida are asking, “Ever wonder what 1 million mosquitoes looks like?”
The odd question, posted Thursday on Twitter, is followed by an answer: A photograph that shows a large pile of the annoying insects measuring 12 inches long, 12 inches wide and at least 6 inches high. “We’ve had people call and say the mosquitoes are terrible; we’ve heard that so often,” says Eric Jackson, deputy director of the Lee County Mosquito Control District. “I thought, you know, people really need to see what a million mosquitoes looks like.”
The mound of mosquito carcasses is the result of a 2021 trapping project the agency conducted on Sanibel Island, Jackson says. Before putting them on display, they filled a 5-gallon bucket, he adds.