Video shows a monstrous mosquito swarm in Australia that's so thick farmers could barely see across their porch

View of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacterium --which reduces mosquito transmitted diseases such as dengue and chikungunya by shortening adult lifespan, affect mosquito reproduction and interfere with pathogen replication-- at the Oswaldo Cruz foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 2, 2014.
The mosquito population in New South Wales surged after the state was devastated by a series of floods.CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images
  • A farmer in Australia shared a video of a massive swarm of mosquitoes outside her house.

  • The mosquito population in New South Wales has skyrocketed amid a series of floods in the state.

  • The mosquito plague is so bad that some towns have run out of repellents and patches, per The Guardian.

A surging mosquito population has descended upon farms and towns in New South Wales, as eastern Australia is devastated by floods.

One local farmer shared a video of a mosquito swarm outside her house that was so thick her family could barely see past their porch.

Farmer and wool classer Nicole Fragar told Insider that her mother opened the door in the late evening to let the family cat out when she realized how many mosquitoes had gathered.

The video was taken on October 31, Fragar said.

"This does happen after flooding events, but my dad has lived here for around 30 years and he said he's never seen mosquitoes quite like this," Fragar said.

Heavy rains and floods tend to create fertile soil for long grass, which in turn create ripe conditions for mosquito breeding grounds, she said.

Fragar said floods have been gushing through her family farm — around 37 miles from the town of Tottenham — for several months.

"We've had about four inches of rain for four days," she said. "Once the rain stopped, all the mozzies came out with a vengeance."

The morning after the video was taken, Fragar's porch was littered with "piles of mozzies" — the ones that had died the night before, she said.

The swarms have thinned since last month, but still often appear as the region continues to flood, Fragar said. To keep the insects at bay, she dons thick jeans and long-sleeved shirts while outside. Her brother, who keeps his own beehives, often wears a beekeeping suit while riding around on his motorcycle, she said.

Her family's chief concern, however, is for the safety of their cattle, chickens, and dogs. Fragar said one of the farm's youngest calves has already died from the sheer number of mosquito bites it's received.

She's also seen kangaroos rolling on the ground as the swarms proliferate. "It's not often you see a kangaroo rolling around. I don't know if it's because they want the mud or because it helps with the itch," she said.

And even finding mosquito products proved a challenge. New South Wales' mosquito problem has swelled to a point where some towns in New South Wales are running out of repellents, post-bite gels, mosquito patches, and essential oils, The Guardian reported on Friday.

Fragar said her family had to visit three different stores before they found a can of repellent.

"We've had three really bad drought years and three really bad flood years. We're just wondering if we can have one where we get to remember what normal feels like," she said.

As of Monday Sydney time, the state's emergency service has issued 101 flood warnings across New South Wales.

November 22, 2022: This story has been updated to reflect comments from Nicole Fragar.

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