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The Carolinas are waging war against nickel-sized hurricane mosquitoes

Sprayers plan attacks from the ground and sky.
A plane sprays a field with pesticides.

A crop-duster sprays a field with pesticides. Various counties in North Carolina are deploying similar strategies to control mosquito swarms.

Tornadoes may not bring sharks, but as North Carolinians are now discovering, hurricanes can bring giant insects. In the wake of Hurricane Florence, more than two dozen counties have been inundated with massive mosquitoes, creating what for many amounts to a nightmare scenario.

The scene was like “a bad science fiction movie,” according to Robert Phillips, a resident of the centrally located Cumberland county. “ I told my wife, ‘Gosh,.

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