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 look 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 look 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.

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