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"Vampire Mosquito" a growing problem in Florida

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Updated: 6/13/2013 6:23 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Cora Biddulph has lived next to her woodsy backdrop for 40 years. When it rains, water builds up, and so do bugs.

"Right now, they are bad," she said.

They could get worse in our area. The gallinipper, better known as the vampire mosquito, is blood thirsty and ready to feed.

"A very large species of floodwater mosquito and because of the recent rain, they've hatched out and now they're emerging," Jodi Scott explained.

If you get bit by the gallinipper, you might experience a lot of of pain. Just like their namesake, they're aggressive and can even chomp through denim. Scott with Anastasia Mosquito Control says they've been working around the clock trying to find something to combat it.

"We know vampires have garlic. Maybe that will be one of the means for the vampire mosquito," she joked.

Biddulph says she's not going to stress about it. She'll continue to hang outdoors and do what she's always done.

"We've lived here such a long time, we're used to things," she said.

The good news is current testing shows some Deet-based repellants do work against the vampire mosquito.
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